An RTM Engineering Consultants authored article was published in a recent issue of Health Facilities Management (HFM) magazine. The “Planning and Maintaining Hospital Air Isolation Rooms” article details design considerations of isolation rooms. To minimize the spread of airborne infections, certain rooms within a hospital are designed as airborne infectious isolation (AII) rooms with negative-pressure differential or protective environment (PE) rooms with a positive-pressure differential.
Given that a common deficiency cited by the Joint Commission relates to a ventilation system that is unable to provide appropriate pressure relationships, air exchange rates and filtration efficiencies, the proper design and maintenance of isolation rooms is vitally important. Whether the isolation rooms are designed during new construction or renovation of an existing space, careful planning is key.
The piece is written by RTM Associate Marty Herrick, P.E., who drew from more than 20 years of mechanical system design and project management experience with an emphasis on healthcare and cultural markets.
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To read the full feature, “Planning and Maintaining Hospital Air Isolation Rooms” click here.