Relative humidity lower than 35% can cause drying of mucous membranes and in lengthy procedures may increase the risk of hypothermia.
Why is precise humidity control required?
• Low humidity levels can significantly increase the spread of bacteria and viruses in the atmosphere; in a dry atmosphere bacteria and virus are spread more readily though tiny water droplets which remain suspended in the atmosphere for longer (aerosol effect).
• Very low humidity promotes extreme dryness with detrimental effects on the eyes, nose, mouth and respiratory system.
• The optimum humidity zone to minimise propagation and proliferation of bacteria and viruses is 40% – 60%rh.
Humidity control also helps to reduce the risk of electrostatic shock and equipment breakdowns, which can directly affect the health of patients.
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