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AEGIS LIVING

SPECIAL
REPORT:
COVID-19

being exhausted from the room than is being
supplied. This prevents "infected" air from
going out into the corridor or other spaces.
Typically, exhaust fans, which can help move
air, are located only in the bathroom but could
be added near the resident bed to increase
exhaust rates and create negative pressure.
Another factor in the HVAC system is bringing in fresh outdoor air instead of recirculating
the same air (referred to as "air changes" and
measured in the number of times the air is
replaced every hour). Typical nursing rooms
have two air changes per hour. However,
airborne isolation rooms should have six to 12
air changes per hour to dilute contaminants in

the ceiling, directly through an outside wall,
or a temporary solution by adding a duct
through a window opening block-out.
When locating additional exhaust units, it's
best to draw the air away from the infected
resident as quickly as possible and draw
fresh air from the entry area of the room.
This reduces the likelihood of contaminated
air migrating into the corridor and the rest of
the building. Also, make sure that exhaust
discharge points are located far enough away
from any fresh air intakes, doors, and operable windows to prevent contaminated air
from re-entering the building.
For resident rooms that have a minimal

devices, which can be retrofitted into existing systems, are showing great promise in
neutralizing contagions in the air as well as
reducing dust, mold, and odors.

the air, making it safer for care staff.
Additional exhaust fan units can be added
to the room to improve the volume of air and
increase negative pressure. This can be a
permanent measure by adding ducting above

number of air changes and can't add exhaust
air, a portable recirculating HEPA filter unit
might be an alternative. If sized properly,
these units can circulate the equivalent of
12 air changes per hour. Bipolar ionization

Vernon Feather, managing principal, SFCS
Architects (Blue Bell); Tye Campbell, principal emeritus, SFCS Architects (Roanoke,
Va.); Stephen Cates, senior associate,
SFCS Architects (Roanoke) EFA

Future focus
These recommendations are meant to temporarily improve existing buildings to better
protect residents and staff. However, with
new construction and future renovation
projects, building in these features from the
start would go a long way toward providing
safer and healthier environments, both now
and in the years to come.-Amy Carpenter,
principal, SFCS Architects (Blue Bell, Pa.);

Summer 2020 * EFAmagazine.com

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