Healthcare in the Pandemic Era
The number of confirmed cases and deaths attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to climb. Hospital systems that were able to distribute care through the summer are once again in danger of being overwhelmed. Front-line health care workers have been challenged continuously for the better part of a year, and now they are asked to risk even greater exposure as the number of patients in ICU’s and ER’s swell. As the next wave of infections caused by the SARS COVID-19 virus washes through the general population, it is easy to imagine that the strategy of locking down populations and closing businesses that require close interaction between individuals is not working. Have the State-mandated restrictions not been applied aggressively enough? Perhaps. But we believe it more likely that some decisions made early in the fight against this disease have shaped our current approach. It is not too late to correct these unfortunate choices. But before we discuss the potential solutions, we should look all the way back to the Spring of 2020.
What do we know?
- The structure and the building envelope should be pre-engineered and easily repeatable.
- Building systems should be pre-fabricated and replaceable supplies pre-manufactured.
- The ideal ratio of patients to caregivers should be pre-determined and the design of the facility based on those ideal numbers.
- The individual Pandemic Hospital should be designed to be scalable vertically or horizontally.
- The spatial organization should be layered and air control systems cascaded.
- Connections to the CDC national database should be created either by satellite or fiber-optic connection.
- The Pandemic Hospital must be able to be dismantled and relocated to alternate sites or stored for later use.
HCC & CHC National Training Courses from ASHE!
Nationally recognized training & certification provided each year in the Pacific Northwest!
Again this year WSSHE is sponsoring courses intended for working professionals that offer nationally recognized certification. This program is now in its third year, and provides opportunities for career advancement that otherwise are unavailable west of the Rockies!
Sign up now for any one or all of these three ASHE accredited courses; Healthcare Construction (HCC) and Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC). Details below.
Healthcare Construction Certificate (HCC) Program
June 17th 2019 8:00 AM to June 18th 2019 5:00 PM
Dubbed “the stamp of approval” by many employers, the ASHE Health Care Construction Certificate (HCC) proves to health care organizations that you have been properly trained to work in a health care construction environment-making you the desirable candidate for the job.
You will gain an understanding of the latest compliance issues in health care construction, and learn what owners, staff, and patients expect of constructors working in the health care environment.
WSSHE Member – $765
Non-member – $915
Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Course
June 19th 2019 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Designed to give you the tools for passing the Certified Health Care Constructor (CHC) Exam, this course provides test taking tips, key topics, and sample questions identified in the CHC content outline (as listed in the CHC Candidate Handbook). This course will also use interactive polling technology, allowing each participant to answer questions and compare their answer with averages among those in class.
WSSHE Member – $375
Non-member – $525