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.
By Scott Cathey, Senior Plumbing Designer Reliable medical gas and vacuum systems are at the pinnacle of patient care. They provide life-supporting gases that are crucial for the proper treatment of patients in critical care areas. The ongoing operation and [...]
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 [...]
Typically the payback period of LED hospital lighting is less than twenty-four months. But the value of its improvements in the quality of care? Priceless. Quality LED lighting prevents the healthcare equivalent of selecting black instead of navy blue [...]
As kids, we were all a little scared of the dark. But when the lights go out in your hospital facilities, how much more afraid of the dark are you now? Some hospital facility directors may feel safe because [...]