Practical guidance for ventilation of healthcare facilities - Ventilation is important but certainly not the holy grail
The Expert Panel Corona healthcare in the Netherlands, a collaboration between The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Eindhoven University of Technology (EUT), Association Contamination Control Netherlands (VCCN) and Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV), was started in March 2020 to help healthcare facilities deal with urgent questions about technical infrastructure and HVAC systems arising because of the sudden COVID-19 pandemic. Many healthcare facilities were supported by setting up quick video calls and knowledge was shared through “FAQ & Guidance’’ and webinars. This article gives an overview of lessons learned, guidance, recommendations and considerations for healthcare facilities to continue safe functioning during the pandemic, with special focus on aerogenic transmission routes and the role of ventilation in risk management for SARS-CoV-2. Further information on the expert panel and its recommendations can be found in the FAQ.
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REHVA Journal, 51-56