Research Link 420b
Indoor heat stress in hospital, variation of indoor climate for patients

During the study an exemplary number of patients with chronic diseases in a cooled hospital patient’s room is compared with patients with the same course of disease receiving the standard care treatment in a patient’s room without a cooling system. Both rooms are equipped with the full set of devices used by Research Module 2.1 "Indoor Observations" to measure indoor climate conditions. Clinical parameters from patients (e.g. body temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation) are recorded by Research Module 3.1 "Medical Vulnerability".

Several bio-thermal indices are calculated based on the obtained climatological indoor data. These indices are compared with the clinical parameters. The index showing the best association with the clinical parameters will be considered as the best way to describe indoor heat stress in mid-latitudes cities.

Involved sub-projects

Research Module 2.1 "Indoor Observations"
Research Module 3.1 "Medical Vulnerability"

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Prof. Dr. Dieter Scherer (TUB)
Prof. Dr. Tobia Lakes (HUB)
Dr. Ute Fehrenbach (TUB)
Dr. Fred Meier (TUB)


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Jänicke, B., F. Meier, D. Fenner, U. Fehrenbach, A. Holtmann, D. Scherer (2016): Urban-rural differences in near-surface air temperature as resolved by the Central Europe Refined analysis (CER): sensitivity to planetary boundary layer schemes and urban canopy models. International Journal of Climatology, 37 (4):2063-2079.
Mahlkow, N. and J. Donner (2016): From Planning to Implementation? The Role of Climate Change Adaptation Plans to Tackle Heat Stress. A Case Study of Berlin, Germany. Journal of Planning Education and Research 1-12.