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COVID-19 Changing Hospital Design in the Short- and Long-Term

  August 18, 2020

By Cathy Jakicic

A recent report by an architectural firm has recommended short- and long-term strategies that will help healthcare systems prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19, according to D Magazine.

HKS has urged healthcare facilities to limit entries, improve HVAC systems, compartmentalize spaces and create hot zones.

A task force made up of design, clinical, and engineering experts analyzed news stories, successful and unsuccessful facility responses, and previous publications to list eight possible concepts to help healthcare systems combat a second wave of COVID other infectious diseases.

For instance, short-term considerations for enhancing entry functions include providing PPE to wear when entering the facility and rapid testing and temperature screening. Long-term considerations include  storage for PPE and adding hand-washing stations near the entry.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.


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