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Thursday, September 29, 2022  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

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Designing a Future-forward, Pandemic-ready Emergency Department

Jaime Diaz, MD
Chief Medical Officer, PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Director, PIH Health
Shehani Fernando, ACHE, EDAC, LEED AP
Associate Principal/ Lead Healthcare Planner, Perkins Eastman
Zoltan Mezei, HFDP, Assoc. DBIA
Associate Principal, Healthcare Group Manager, P2S Inc
Ramzi Sacre, AIA LEED AP
Associate Principal / Senior Project Manager, Perkins Eastman

A general lack of preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged healthcare facilities and workers around the world. Emergency Departments, often being the ‘front door’ to a hospital, have had to abruptly adopt new safety and infection control protocols for staff and patients. Recently, a healthcare facility in Los Angeles reinvented its operational approach with a new 45-bed ED expansion while carefully analyzing the segregation and flow of patients and staff, materials, and logistics. The employed HVAC system has been an essential element to minimize the spread of viral contaminations within the ED. To capture/ immobilize virus particles through various engineering techniques included design of an air handling unit, to the use of a special air distribution system to create containment rooms/suites to minimize spread. Also imperative was to design an ED that safeguards the psychological and emotional wellbeing of patients, family, and staff during high-stress pandemic events.

1: Explore key challenges faced in operations, design, and infection control during COVID, and how the facility resolved them during their ED expansion
2: Designing a future-forward, pandemic-ready ED by implementing practical planning, operational and design solutions
3: Designing an HVAC system which prevents infection, minimize the spread within the various ED zones, and provide safety for staff working with patients
4: Designing a safe and human-centered experience for patients, families, and staff to better enable a calm environment during surge pandemic situations
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