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IHEEM | An international response
 
Sharing Intelligence, Best Practice & Lessons Learnt                        Issue 3
 
Welcome to the latest edition of the IHEEM, IFHE & IFHE EU Worldwide Update.

Feedback on previous issues has been extremely positive. It is now clear that COVID-19 impacts differently on our members as the global situation continues to rapidly change but it is reassuring to know that, regardless of whatever stage of the pandemic is most relevant to your local needs, these newsletters are a valuable source of support to help you in this fight.

Amongst the articles in this issue you will find detailed guidance from WHO on design standards and recommended layouts for treating COVID-19 Sever Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) patients in differing care locations. You can also read the early findings from research undertaken by Cambridge University on the dispersal of airborne virus as well as guidance from The Specialised Ventilation for Healthcare Society (SVHSoc) on consideration for all aspects of ventilation of Healthcare Facilities in response to Coronavirus. IHEEM's Fire Safety Technical Platform provides a series of important fire safety guidance notes, along with an interesting paper setting out considerations to how Emergency Departments may need to respond following COVID-19.

Finally, I would encourage everyone to take the time to read the personal account and frontline experience from one of IHEEM's members Claire Hennessy from the Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust in the UK. The professional, emotional and well-being support that her estates team have given to their colleagues across all areas of the Trust workforce is both moving and inspiring. Please share with us your own personal experiences as these will help others to plan and deal with the ongoing demands of COVID-19.

Stay safe and once again, thank you for your help and support.

Pete Sellars, CEO, IHEEM & President, IFHE-EU


You can still view Issues 1 and 2 using the links below:
 
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Please share the below content with colleagues or anyone who might find it informative or they can sign up here to receive future editions. Further information will be provided as it becomes available via the IHEEM website. In the meantime, if you wish to share your experiences and knowledge please email our dedicated email address internationalcovid19@iheem.org.uk with the details and thank you for your valuable support.
 
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This document is an overview of basic operational and IPC principles in a COVID-19 context. 

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This document outlines the basic principles and layout of  COVID-19 screening points for healthcare facilities including; location, patient and staff flow and small and large tents.

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This documents sets out design examples for repurposing existing buildings into severe acute respiratory infection centres.

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Click below to read the insights gained through designing hundreds of EDs around the world and hear from industry professionals who draw upon their personal experience.

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Whilst we understand the importance and speed needed in responding to the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to make sure the basic principles of fire safety are being maintained. Our IHEEM Fire Safety Technical Platform have produced the following guidance.

An appropriate level of fire safety maintenance is a requirement under law. The IHEEM Fire Safety Technical Platform has considered one of the most essential elements of fire safety, that of fire compartmentation. This comprises the fire compartment walls, floors etc. the fire doors in those walls and also the fire dampers in the ductwork which penetrate those walls and floors. Then an evidence based, risk assessed approach has been applied to the maintenance of these elements to arrive at a protocol for each. These protocols have been designed to reduce risk to "as low as reasonably practicable" and may be considered as a means to achieving "compliance".
 
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The IHEEM Fire Safety Technical Platform has produced this guidance focusing on Fire Compartmentation and includes; continuing assurance, contractor requirements and annual verification of fire compartmentation.

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The IHEEM Fire Safety Technical Platform has produced this guidance which covers fire and smoke dampers.

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The IHEEM Fire Safety Technical Platform has produced this guidance which focuses on Fire Doors, especially the requirement for planned periodic maintenance (PPM).

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Professor Andrew Woods FRS of Cambridge's BP Institute (BPI) and Professor Alan Short of the Department of Architecture have developed a series of practical solutions to reduce the concentration of airborne virus experienced by patients and healthcare workers in buildings converted into makeshift wards.

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The Specialised Ventilation for Healthcare Society (SVHSoc) have updated briefing and guidance on consideration for the ventilation aspects of Healthcare Facilities for Coronavirus.

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National Association of Air Duct Specialist UK (NAADUK) has issued guidance to their members and all building managers. This guidance provides a better understanding of the role of ventilation systems in the current COVID-19 pandemic. The advice concentrates on the airborne transmission route only as it relates heavily to ventilation systems.

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Claire Hennessy, Director of Estates and Facilities shares the great work the EFM teams have been doing at Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.

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