As engineers in the healthcare industry, we’ve looked at the effects COVID-19 has had already and how they may continue to change engineering design.
The outbreak of COVID-19 does not necessarily reveal a shortage in beds but instead an opportunity to use beds more efficiently. With that in mind, we have developed a list of the top 10 issues that will influence healthcare facility design in the years to come.
The top priority when reopening hospital departments is staff and patient safety. There are a number of steps you can take to create a safe environment for reintroducing programs that have been reduced or closed during the COVID pandemic.
Converting from positive (or neutral) pressure to negative pressure is not as straightforward and simple as one may think.
The appropriate mechanical design solution for normal hospital operating protocol will need to be balanced against the reality of a pandemic response that presents a different series of patient care requirements.
Leveraging new and current technology to improve our design methodology is at the core of what we strive for. One tool we use improves design team coordination and thereby our deliverable documents and building information modeling.
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By Allen Smith, Senior Mechanical Engineer Preventing infections is a challenge in any emergency department. In particular, communicable infections like tuberculosis, measles, and influenza can be spread through airborne pathogens, putting patients at risk. EDs need to consider how their [...]