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Twin City HEALTHCARE ENGINEERING Association

TCHEA 2020 January meeting

  • January 09, 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • TBD
  • 100

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TOPIC:  Creating a Pressurized Spaces Program

GUEST SPEAKER: Dino Coliano

 DESCRIPTION:

   

Course Title: “Creating a Pressurized Spaces Program in Hospitals to help reduce and prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) using ASHRAE 170”.

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Short course Description: To support infection control and clinical care teams and satisfy accreditation compliance requirements, facilities staff in a hospital operates and maintains a variety of critical and pressurized spaces. Unfortunately, the built environment may be having a negative impact on patient outcomes due to improper pressure relationships and infrequent inspection, testing, and maintenance activities.

Course Description: To support the infection control and clinical care teams as well as satisfy accreditation compliance requirements, the facilities staff in a hospital operates and maintains a variety of critical and pressurized spaces. Each space is designed to support and enhance the clinical care process and ultimately promote patient healing. Unfortunately, the built environment, including pressurized spaces, may be having a negative impact on clinical care and patient outcomes due to improper pressure relationships and infrequent inspection, testing, and maintenance activities on the respective equipment and end devices in these critical spaces. Negatively pressurized spaces include Infectious Isolation Rooms while positively pressurized spaces include Operating Rooms, Pharmacies, and Soiled Linen Closets. National standards, including ASHRAE 170, and state standards may apply. In addition, there may be standards or guidelines issued by professional organizations that provide requirements for spaces in order to minimize infections. A hospital staff should create an accurate inventory of their spaces and identify the respective compliance standards that apply. Finally, the staff should be implementing a sustainable program to train their staff, monitor the equipment and key room environmental parameters, and, ultimately maintain performance of the equipment and end devices as designed for these spaces.

Course Length: 60 minutes – 45 Minutes Presentation + 15 Minutes – Questions/Answers

Course Level: Intermediate

Key Words: Pressurized Spaces, Critical Spaces, Infection Control, Isolation Rooms, Operation Rooms, HAIs, Pressure Relationships, Compliance, Standards, ASHRAE 170, Patient Healing

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the standard requirements for various pressurized spaces from the viewpoint of a facilities engineer.

2. Specify systems and equipment that support a monitoring plan for pressurized spaces.

3. Train the facilities staff about monitoring of pressurized spaces and the requirements as specified in the standards.

4. Identify the available resources for facilities engineers to develop a pressurized spaces program.

 

Sponsor: Siemens

 

Dana F. “Dino” Coliano is the North American

healthcare Business Leader for Siemens Smart

Infrastructure based in Irving, Texas. He

currently develops and implements growth

strategies to support Siemens’ Field Offices

and Customers across North America.

Dino is a 20+ year active member of the

American Society for Healthcare Engineering

and the American College of Healthcare

Executives.

Dino earned his Masters of Business

Administration from the University of Notre

Dame and his Bachelor of Science from Indiana

University. He also served honorably as a

Captain in the United States Army.

 

   

     

   

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