Case Studies for Patient Isolation
Doubling Isolation Room Capacity at New Hampshire Hospitals
A statewide survey by the New Hampshire Hospital Association revealed that hospitals had a low number of rooms available with both the capability of creating a negative pressure environment with 12 air changes per hour and the capability of cleansing the air through HEPA filters. CDC recommends that airborne infectious patients in a hospital should be isolated and cared for in rooms equipped with negative pressure and HEPA filtration. Negative pressure isolation rooms can also be used on a daily basis for various types of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, Avian Influenza, and H1N1 swine flu, and for bioterrorism response.
Abatement Technologies® HEPA-CARE® Portable and Ceiling-Mounted Air Purification Systems were selected to create isolation rooms from standard patient rooms in all 26 acute care hospitals, New Hampshire Hospital and the VA Medical Center. The hospital selection committee, comprised of infection control and facilities professionals and emergency preparedness planners, chose Abatement Portable Air Purification models for the following reasons:
- Portability - Hospitals can easily choose which rooms in their facilities to convert to a negative pressure and HEPA filtered environment
- Effectiveness - Portable units can create an isolation room as effectively as a fixed unit in a fully renovated room
- Cost & Value - A portable unit is inexpensive compared to purchasing a fixed unit and renovating a single room
- Timing - The portable units were shipped to the hospitals and up and running within two weeks
Learn more background information on the Portable Isolation Units for New Hampshire’s Hospitals released by the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Read the press release announcing increased isolation room capacity in New Hampshire ’s hospitals.