Hospitals and communities developing plans for rapid medical response facilities to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 face many unique challenges. Finding a large location that provides access to all the necessary services, purchasing infrastructure products and obtaining equipment are just a few of the tasks at hand. And all these decisions need to be made quickly so the products can be rapidly deployed to allow the facility to open as soon as possible. At Tate, we’ve found that our existing prefabricated products typically used in data centers and other commercial settings can be repurposed to create a safe and comfortable healing and working environment. Here are a few of the problems we can help solve with our cost-effective, structural solutions.
Leveling Parking Lots
Parking lots make a great location for rapid medical response facilities. There’s plenty of open space and they’re typically close to a building that provides access to electric and water services. The problem with parking lots, however, is that they are usually not level across the entire lot to allow for drainage. This can create a challenge when installing wall partitions and is a safety hazard for wheeled patient beds and electrical equipment. Our raised access floors can be installed over parking lots to easily create a level surface by adjusting the height of the pedestals the floors sit on. This creates a sturdy base for your wall partitions and other installations and creates a safe environment for patients and healthcare workers. As a bonus, the space under the floor panels can be used to route electrical cords, drainage and other required services as needed.
Positive/Negative Pressure Air
In certain treatment situations, creating different zones of static air pressure is necessary to reduce airborne transmission from patient-to-patient and patient-to-provider. By utilizing our containment wall partitions, your facility can create segregation of air streams and zones of different static pressures. Similar partitions are used in data centers to successfully contain hot and cold aisles, so they’re proven to keep air where it should be. They’re made from aluminum and polycarbonate that resist corrosion and are easy to clean and sanitize. With varying levels of transparency available, you can create more privacy or better line of sight to the patients, depending on the need.
Another difficulty in creating a rapid medical response facility is knowing how many patients you will need to accommodate. You need to get the facility up and running quickly, but still plan for the future. These situations often start small and grow quickly before patient numbers begin to decrease until there is no longer a need for the facility. Using our raised flooring and containment wall partitions can help you plan for the fluctuating patient numbers that are to be expected. Create more treatment rooms by installing additional wall partitions and rerouting underfloor electric and plumbing services as needed. Then, when numbers finally begin to fall, remove what you no longer need.
Lights and Other Overhead Equipment
Many medical response facilities are being built within existing buildings. Gyms, auditoriums and community centers can all be converted into treatment spaces. The problem with these locations, however, is that they often have very high ceilings, which makes hanging anything from above almost impossible. Our structural ceilings can be attached to the containment wall partitions or hung from the building’s original structure overhead to allow for the installation of lighting, ceiling tiles, HVAC and other service distribution.
Rapid medical response hospitals and alternate care sites are an important tool in the fight against COVID-19. With our highly automated, U.S. manufacturing facility, we can keep pace with the most demanding deadlines to rapidly deploy our products to your site and quickly install them. For more information, visit www.tateinc.com/sectors/rapid-medical-response.