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Long-Term Pandemic Considerations for Health Facility Design

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We recognize that our healthcare clients are faced with many uncertainties and change as the pandemic evolves. Our number one goal is to be there offering the support, guidance and leadership that people expect from EUA.

NEW August 2020 Guide Enhancements:
We are continuing to research and discuss planning solutions to address post-pandemic facility planning. We have enhanced our guide with graphic updates throughout as well as added new information on the following topics: Registration Kiosks (pg 8), Exam Rooms (pg 12), Interior Finishes (pg 18) and Outpatient Surge Capacity (pg 20).

With the residual impact and the changing needs of the market environments we support − workplace, industrial, learning, healthcare, science + technology, living and community − we continue to refine our approach, services and solutions. With safety and well-being at the forefront of these industry sectors, we are researching, innovating and sharing ideas on how we can deliver design solutions to support our clients’ unique and evolving needs.

Our design experts are asking probing questions to achieve desired flexibility, quantify capacities and assess technologies that deliver forward looking and high-performing design solutions. At EUA, we are passionate about what we do. We believe that design has the ability to elevate people’s potential. Now, more than ever, our pace of innovation remains ready to serve our clients.

Pandemic Considerations for Health Facility Design Guide

Reduce. Refine. Innovate. Improve.

As we continue to support clients with their healthcare facilities, our healthcare team is looking ahead to how design will be impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic response. We know our clients will need to anticipate future disruptions and patients are anticipating changes in the way they receive care once they return. Our team of healthcare designers and planners has been looking at ways our clients may ask us to design differently in the future.

Over the coming days and weeks we look forward to sharing our thoughts on the following topics.

  • Appropriate sites of care
  • Isolating infectious patients who present
  • Improving the facility’s ability to reduce the spread of infection
  • Providing surge capacity for high volume episodes

Planning a building that seeks to fully address all aspects of operations during a pandemic is a major undertaking. This level of consideration is often not a part of typical project discussions. We understand that the physical and financial impacts of implementing these strategies may not be possible for all projects. However, it is important to be intentional about the decisions each organization makes around pandemic planning for each project. A thoughtful and intentional approach will help the health system leverage resources to effectively address the next pandemic situation.

View Long-Term Pandemic Considerations for Health Facility Design Guide.

For more information on healthcare architecture and planning solutions related to COVID-19 visit our resource page.

See more about EUA's Healthcare architecture or meet our Healthcare team.

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