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Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems

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Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems

Course Length: 3 hours

This advanced course addresses the role of HVAC systems in helping to reduce Hospital Associated infections (HAI). What is airborne v. contact transmission? Through filtration, air patterns, air changes, dilution, temperature, humidity, UV, and pressurization the hospital HVAC can either help or hinder efforts to reduce HAI. This course describes the why and how of each of these processes from the perspective of particle physics. Instructor provides unabashed analyses of the controversies regarding the science behind the requirements in ASHRAE Std-170, such as: how many air changes, what level of filtration, etc. The class will cover the production and fate of airborne microorganisms and how people can get infected. HVAC design of airborne infectious isolation rooms, protective isolation rooms, operating rooms, emergency depts, sterile processing dept, infection control risk assessment.

Recommended References

Standard 170-2021, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

HVAC Design Manual for Hospital and Clinics, 2nd ed.

Course Instructors:

Don Burroughs, P.E., Member ASHRAE

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Additional Information

All courses are available for Chapter and In-Company Programs. Courses may be periodically scheduled for the Winter and/or Annual Conference Education Programs, as well as the Online Courses Series.

Chapters or Companies: Contact Karen Murray, Manager of Professional Development (kmurray@ashrae.org or 678-539-1146), to schedule an ALI seminar or course at your organization or event.

Availability: Check the various offerings listed under Professional Development > All Instructor-Led Training to see if this course is being offered at an upcoming event.