But not all hospitals have infection control rooms or systems in place, and even the ones that do reached capacity quickly. Investing in infection control space and programming can be a costly investment for what is typically viewed as rare occurrences—until a pandemic strikes.
The Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) was designed and programmed by CannonDesign and NEUF architect(e)s, and included infection control measures informed from the SARS outbreak more than a decade ago. This Canadian Architect piece highlights how CHUM planned and built for a high volume of infectious patients:
“The 350,000-square-metre CHUM project in Montreal was programmed more than ten years ago. (The first phase, by CannonDesign and NEUF, opened in 2018; phase two, by Jodoin Lamarre Pratte and MSDL, is set to open in spring 2021). Even so, the possibility of having to accommodate a sudden influx of highly infectious patients was considered, such as in the planning of an isolation unit for respiratory illnesses, and another 36-bed unit that allows for contact isolation. Generally, the horizontal and vertical circulation movement of staff, materials, and ambulatory patients is separated from public and medical zones. Furniture and equipment alcoves were strategically located to optimize movement while maintaining necessary corridor widths. Recently, some extra isolation measures were added—including Ebola isolation rooms—even before COVID-19 emerged.”
The full article, on how other hospitals in Quebec have implemented infection control measures, can be read here.