Keep systems simple, maintainable, familiar and resilient, and incorporate design elements that help, not hinder, caregivers and staff.
February 5, 2024
Health care needs in rural areas may differ from urban areas, but facilities are usually sparse, and services are more limited and less specialized. Designing simple, maintainable and resilient plumbing systems helps avoid additional challenges to health-care facilities with limited resources.
IAPMO published its “Manual for Recommended Practice for Medical Gas Resiliency,” a comprehensive report for all health-care facilities. It provides a framework for creating and maintaining resilient and reliable medical gas systems, ensuring patients receive the necessary care, even in challenging circumstances.
Often an afterthought, these systems are crucial in areas where surgery and sterile processing occur.
July 1, 2023
Instrument air and service compressed air — compressed air systems found in health-care facilities — are often an afterthought as they are not considered life safety systems. Yet they are critical in operating rooms and sterile processing areas.
Technical Information Report 34 is a standard published by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. It details the importance of the sterile processing of medical devices and the effects of poor water quality on these processes.
Engineering supports real-world learning at Virginia Commonwealth University’s College of Health Professions.
May 1, 2023
The Virginia Commonwealth University opened its eight-story, 154,000-gross-square-foot College of Health Professions building in 2019. Read on to learn how Mueller Associates provided MEP and fire protection system engineering services for the health-care building’s design.
Behavioral health environment elements protect patients from themselves; designers must understand the risk levels in each area of the facility.
March 6, 2023
When designing behavioral health facilities, plumbing professionals must choose environmental designs and products that minimize the risk of patients harming themselves and their caregivers. To do so, they need to understand the risk levels in each facility area.
The codes can be confusing when determining where zone valve boxes should be installed in critical care space, also known as Category 1 space. Read on for some tips on using the code to make those decisions.
With many western and southwestern states experiencing severe drought, conserving water is more relevant than ever. Read on to discover how to save water in hospitals by changing water closet waste systems.