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COVID-19 Changing Hospital Design in the Short- and Long-Term
August 18, 2020 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
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.