Understanding thermal comfort perception of nurses in a hospital ward work environment

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  • M. T.H. Derks
  • A. K. Mishra
  • M. G.L.C. Loomans
  • H. S.M. Kort


  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Utrecht University of Applied Sciences


In indoor comfort research, thermal comfort of care-professionals in hospital environment is a little explored topic. To address this gap, a mixed methods study, with the nursing staff in hospital wards acting as participants, was undertaken. Responses were collected during three weeks in the summer (n = 89), and four weeks in the autumn (n = 43). Analysis of the subjective feedback from nurses and the measured indoor thermal conditions revealed that the existent thermal conditions (varying between 20 and 25 °C) caused a slightly warm thermal sensation on the ASHRAE seven point scale. This led to a slightly unacceptable thermal comfort and a slightly obstructed self-appraised work performance. The results also indicated that the optimal thermal sensation for the nurses — suiting their thermal comfort requirements and work performance — would be closer to 'slightly cool’ than neutral. Using a design approach of dividing the hospital ward into separate thermal zones, with different set-points for respectively patient and care-professionals’ comfort, would seem to be the ideal solution that contributes positively to the work environment and, at the same time, creates avenues for energy conservation.


JulkaisuBuilding and Environment
TilaJulkaistu - 1 elokuuta 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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