Renfrew Group design temporary hospital side room for infection
16 October 2011
Renfrew Group International (RGi) has worked with the UK NHS
to create a Temporary Side Room to provide isolation facilities and
airborne infection control to help with the fight against hospital
RGi were briefed to design and develop a portable isolation
facility to the point of production readiness. The aim is to enable
NHS staff to more easily and cost effectively fight MRSA and C.
difficile, whilst providing increased protection to other
patients and an impetus for behavioural change in relation to hand
The requirements were that it must be practical, fast to erect
and dismantle and easy to clean with no dirt traps. Other features
included a non-touch doorway, hand washing facilities and built-in
water supply for a minimum of 1 day's washing with non-touch towel
dispenser as well as a 2-sided consumables locker and a deliveries
hatch. Initial analysis of computer models was carried out using CFD
(computational fluid dynamics) and backed up with physical testing
in the lab and in ward situations.
The primary objectives of the temporary side room were:
- to reduce transmission by contact;
- reduce casual visits;
- reduce spread by airborne transmission;
- improve infection control procedure; and
- maximize patient comfort, dignity and privacy.
The Temporary Side Room has recently been through clinical
environment trials and is currently being commercialised. Production
data has been issued to NHS Supply Chain to initiate the procurement
process and tendering.