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Health estates

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.003.0019
Health estates

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The provision of a safe environment within health care premises is a statutory obligation and must be part of the risk management strategy of the hospital. The environment in which patients are nursed must be designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infection to a minimum. Along with the physicians and nurses from the units, and the designated members of the projects teams, the infection prevention and control team must also be involved in the design, construction, and commissioning of any new or upgraded building or health care facility at an early stage. This chapter discusses the functional design of health care facilities, patient accommodation, isolation rooms, ventilation and air-conditioning; construction, renovation, and demolition; and operating theatres.

Keywords: health care facilities; risk management; hospital design; ventilation; renovation

Chapter.  4587 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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