A recent Associate Press article states that California took 292 days to get to 1 million coronavirus infections, but only 44 days to top 2 million. Hospitals are stretched beyond normal capacity, causing some to treat patients in tents, offices, even auditoriums.
Healthcare facilities need to respond to potential circumstances of mass isolation surge capacity quickly and safely. Having a flexible solution to accommodate these unpredictable demands and needs is important, especially given the current, fixed infrastructures of many hospitals and care facilities.
A potential pandemic or large-scale outbreak of disease requires hospitals to establish areas of isolation where any virus can be fully contained using physical barriers and a negative pressure system to prevent airborne illnesses from spreading through heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Mintie, LLC. is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing, distribution and deployment of environmental containment units (ECU), which allow the creation of collapsible, portable and modular containment units or temporary isolation spaces. The latest model, the ECU4, stores easily and can scale rapidly to accommodate large numbers of people or cover large areas including a hospital floor or wing with the addition of the corridor flange. The innovative design meets all ICRA containment requirement levels 1-4 and has been clinically tested and evaluated for efficacy of particle containment, ventilation and stability.
Contact Mintie for a contingency plan for pandemic surge capacity that will assist with mass isolation and further stop the surge of Covid-19 infections at hospitals.
Hospitals worldwide have faced many challenges during this pandemic, including strained resources as they worked tirelessly to control the spread of the virus and keep their patients and staff safe. With a vaccine approved and currently in distribution, we begin to see an end to a long and difficult time. While it will be many months before we have full distribution of the vaccine, we continue to learn what we can do better to prevent or slow the spread of highly contagious viruses, particularly within hospital settings.
Moving forward, hospitals and care facilities can review their current best practices in infection control and look for opportunities to develop, implement or upgrade strategies and protocols to provide the best possible protection for frontline workers and patients. Whether new construction, retrofits or other temporary and flexible solutions, investing in HVAC systems with appropriate components and infrastructure ensures maximum flexibility in handling the expected and unexpected.
Facilitiesnet.com has an informative article, “5 Hospital HVAC Design Strategies for the Post-COVID-19 World,” to help facilitate discussions with a qualified indoor air quality management services company such as Mintie LLC on your HEPA filtration, air handling unit, negative pressure environment, and return air and exhaust air needs.
Mintie was founded in 1940 and has been a premiere leader in indoor air quality management services and product solutions development, portable infection control, mass isolation and environmental containment solutions. The company plays a national and increasingly international role in designing and developing innovative products and service solutions that work toward a safer, healthier and more productive environment for our clients.