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February 13, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(7):558. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070042014

Complete air conditioning of a hospital would seem to involve large capital expenditures, depreciation and running expense which do not seem justified by the facts now known. Yaglou1 has recently discussed in detail the problem of air conditioning as it applies to hospitals. At present it concerns principally nurseries for premature infants, anesthesia and operating rooms, oxygen therapy chambers, heat therapy rooms or cabinets and wards for allergic patients. The optimal air conditions, he says, for the growth and development of premature infants have been determined by using four valid criteria; namely, stability of body temperature, gain in weight, incidence of digestive syndromes and mortality. Comparative observations of premature infants in conditioned and unconditioned wards demonstrated conclusively the favorable effect of conditioning on stabilization of body temperature. The favorable effect apparently resulted from better control of temperature, superior ventilation methods, suitable provision for cooling the room in warm weather

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