Gosford and Wyong Hospital Isolation Room Testing
Testing, Inspection and Upgrade Works
EPES performed comprehensive isolation room pressure testing and functional performance verification of 49 isolation rooms commissioned between 1989 and 2006.
Generally, the works included:
2. Functional controls
3. HEPA certifications
4. Inspection of rooms and sealing
5. Validation of room pressures and air flow directions
6. Verification against current compliance requirements
Location: Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
Client: Central Coast Local Health District
Engagement: Engineering Consultant
Sectors: Buildings, Hospitals and Healthcare
Services: Building Services, Commissioning Assistance, Construction and Design Consulting, Independent Reviews and Auditing
Subsequently, EPES developed Contract Design documentation for upgrade works associated with the findings of the testing and validation. The upgrade works were associated with ongoing due diligence.
Health Facility Guidelines are subjected to change as better approaches and advancement in isolation room design are identified. Changes have occurred in how isolation rooms are designed and controlled, as well as the way in which modern controls technologies have enabled safer more robust approaches to infectious and protective isolation room design.
Analysis and Implementation
EPES undertook a baseline compliance review to identify the compliance requirements at the time each isolation room was commissioned, that includes:
We assessed how subsequent changes effected the installed systems. Where measurable improvements were identified, contract design documents were prepared to enabled upgrade works to be undertaken.
Requirements within health facilities frequently undergo change, it is important to understand how these changes may affect legacy systems as well as how upgrades may significantly improve safety and reliability.
It is preferred to ensure that design and construction is controlled in such a way that performance related issues are either avoided or addressed during the commissioning stages. This relies on using experienced engineers throughout the process.
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