Greening the OR Energy Efficiency Strategies (part 2): Checking in on your HVAC Setback Implementation

Recorded On: 05/03/2017

The event password is "Hcwh2017".

Session Description 

Did you know the OR represents a significant percentage of a health care facility’s energy budget? Are you and your team interested in strategies to reduce the energy footprint of the OR? Implementing an HVAC setback program in ORs when they are unoccupied can save an average $3,200+ per OR per year, and yet only 32 percent of Practice Greenhealth award winners had an HVAC setback program in place in 2015.

This sharing call is a follow-up to the March 15 th sharing call and presentation at AORN 2017 in Boston. Make sure to review that presentation recording and complete the HVAC Setback Worksheet before this call.

Bring your team – Facilities, Infection Prevention and Surgical Services, Engineering, Clinical and Sustainability – and join the speakers from the first part of this series as we zero in on air exchange rates in the operating room during unoccupied modes. Have your questions, challenges, and strategies for success ready for a lively discussion.

Learning Objectives

  • We’ll touch on the original learning objectives from Part 1, however this call is intended to be a facilitated discussion where we look at the Energy Efficiency in the OR Worksheet and discuss common challenges, questions, strategies and future directions. Bring your team, be ready to participate!
  • Prior to this call, we strongly encourage you to have reviewed:
    • Either March 15, Energy Efficiency in the OR
    • Or Energy Efficiency in the OR: An OR Nurse's Guide to HVAC Setback presented on April 1 at AORN 2017 in Boston 
    • Energy Efficiency in the OR Worksheet
  • Identify the benefits of energy reduction initiatives on cost, safety, and ecological health.
  • Zero in on the A in HVAC: Understanding airflow codes and standards.
  • Explore various processes for transitioning air exchange rates from minimal to operational conditions.
  • Address concern of key stakeholders with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.


imageJohn D. Villani, P.E., CCP, CEM, LEED AP, Vice President, Grumman/Butkus Associates

As the Vice President and Principal at Grumman/Butkus Associates, John Villani is responsible for the standardization, management oversight, and execution of the firm's commissioning projects. Project responsibilities include conducting all phases on commissioning design through turnover with numerous clients.

John is a licensed professional engineer in several states, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Commissioning Provider and a Certified Energy Manager. He has been active with ASHRAE, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the Building Commissioning Association, and is currently the Director at Large on the BCxA International Board of Directors.

imageRamona L. Conner MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Responsible for providing professional expertise regarding perioperative nursing practice to the Board of Directors, AORN national committees, headquarters staff, members, specialty assemblies, and other health care organizations (eg, standard setting/regulatory bodies, accreditation agencies, and professional associations). Represent AORN in major health care policy and accreditation activities related to perioperative standards, recommended practices, and guidelines. Liaison to AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee, Co-Chair ST79 work group. AAMI/ANSI appointed U.S. expert for ISO/TC 198/WG. Liaison to Facilities Guidelines Institute Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee, Steering Committee.

JM.jpgJulie K. Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

Julie joined Practice Greenhealth as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist in 2015 by way of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and her role in the campaign as an Outreach Specialist in 2013. A currently practicing registered nurse, she began developing her interests in health care sustainability in 2003 with the opportunity to open and manage the surgery department at the country's first LEED certified hospital in Boulder, CO, where she currently lives. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University. She has worked in the operating rooms of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Duke University Medical Center in clinical and management positions.

imageKaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement, Greening the OR Manager, Practice Greenhealth
Kaeleigh is a Member Engagement Manager for Practice Greenhealth, largely focusing on the Greening the OR Initiative. She oversees the education, training, communications, public relations, tools, resources and engagements relative to Greening the OR efforts. Kaeleigh works to assist, enhance and establish sustainable best practices within the OR suite, as well as oversees the Council for Environmentally Responsible Surgery.


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Greening the OR Energy Efficiency Strategies (part 2): Checking in on your HVAC Setback Implementation
60-minute presentation Live event: 05/03/2017 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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