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.
As we continue to help clients with their ability to prepare for or deal with patient care surges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share the influences we expect will impact design trends in the future.
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.
With the current social distancing and travel restrictions, it’s not possible or advisable for me to visit job sites. Fortunately, technology allows me to see the jobsites and check for any issues.
By Luke Carlson, AIA, NCARB, Project Architect Your team is working extremely hard, but it seems like no progress is being made. Project team members are highly skilled but not unmanageable. The project is complex but not overly difficult. The [...]
Perhaps the most difficult area to address in healthcare design is flooring selection. Flooring not only covers the widest area of space in an interior environment, but it comes into direct contact with a wide variety of objects ranging from foot traffic, carts and equipment, and maintenance routines.
At some point, the fire marshal or the building official will ask, “Does the exterior wall assembly need to comply with NFPA 285?” If you can’t answer this question, you could be in for a rough go of it.
With the adoption of USP 800 and the requirement for a double layer of protective clothing, what temperature meets the regulatory requirement, is comfortable, and results in the correct relative humidity?