This report has been compiled in relation to the final exam in the Technology Management and Marine Engineering education, at Aarhus School of Marine and Technological Engineering. The report summarizes a combination of theory and practice, which is relevant to the education. The topic of the project has been selected in combination with an internship at Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby and deals with studies of the indoor climate in the hospital's intensive care unit.
The main issue in the project is to investigate the specific indoor climate conditions in the hospital's intensive care unit and to compare these conditions with current legislation and guidelines.
To deal with the issues the following subjects, research, methods and results are presented.
The report describes the use and arrangement of the rooms in the unit and the function of the technical systems regulating the indoor climate.
It describes a number of theoretical factors fundamental to the assessment of the indoor climate. To examine some of these factors, concrete recommendations and rules of specific building regulations (“Bygningsreglementet”) are taken into consideration.
To assess the satisfaction with the indoor climate, questionnaires are elaborated and completed by the staff of the intensive care unit.
Furthermore a number of measurements are made necessary to evaluate specific factors. The measurements are made on the basis of theory, the specific requirements and the results of the questionnaires. The measurements include temperatures, velocities, flow measurements and air pollution.
The measurements are used among others to calculate significant conditions, which subsequently are compared with current recommendations and regulatory requirements.
The report demonstrates several parameters that are unacceptable and causes problems to the comfort of the indoor climate. Among the problems are a too low air exchange, cold draughts as well as problems with the adjustment of the indoor climate not being able to lower the temperature.
All this inconveniences the staff.