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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Creating a program to identify and monitor pressurized spaces in hospitals

Dino Coliano
North American Healthcare Business Leader, Siemens
Dennis Ford
Director of Facilities Operations, Central Division, Atrium Health

To support the infection control team, and to satisfy accreditation requirements, the facilities staff in a hospital operates and maintains a variety of pressurized spaces. Each space is designed to reduce the risk of infection, with the flow of air from clean to less clean. positively pressurized spaces includes Operation Rooms; negatively pressurized spaces includes Airborne Infectious Isolation Rooms. National standards, including ASHRAE/ANSI/ASHE 170, and state standards may apply. In addition, there are standards or guidelines by professional organizations like AAMI and AORN that provide requirements for spaces in order to minimize infections. Hospital staff need to inventory the spaces and identify the most stringent requirements. In some cases, a risk assessment is required to resolve conflicts. Finally, the staff need a program to continuously monitor and maintain performance of these critical spaces.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the standard requirements for various pressurized spaces from the viewpoint of a facilities engineer.
  2. Specify systems and equipment that support a monitoring plan for pressurized spaces.
  3. Create a ongoing program to manage the hospital's pressurized spaces with support from a multi-disciplinary team of hospital staff.
  4. Train the facilities staff about monitoring of pressurized spaces and the requirements as specified in the standards.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH