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IFHE DIGEST 2014


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13 Front cover story: Hands-free macerators help in the fight against infection


ARTICLES


14 Succession planning and workforce development This article explores strategies for succession planning and workforce development, within the following key areas: Promoting healthcare engineering and estates management; attracting new talent; the complexity of designing career progression; developing existing staff; commissioning provision; and new delivery models. John Thatcher


20 A sustainable healthcare solution The hospital executive of Echuca Regional Health Hospital, in Australia, set out to create a world-class hospital and to show that it could be built for the same budget as a traditional healthcare facility, utilising sustainable technology and innovative thinking. Brett Seeney


24 The hospital environment in a changing climate The Department of Health in the UK has observed that during relatively mild heatwaves, excess death rates are significantly, but avoidably, higher. The maintenance of safe temperatures in hospitals is, therefore imperative. Professor C. Alan Short


32 Gas plasma sterilisation: science fact or fiction? This article is concerned with finding a suitable on-site solution for the sterilisation of re-usable medical devices that are made of heat sensitive materials. Bob Jobbins


36 Improving energy efficiency via effective HVAC systems This article aims to show that it is possible to achieve aseptic indoor air and rigorous ambient conditions by using efficient HVAC systems. It also demonstrates where energy is used and the relative impact of the various energy users. Laurier Nichols


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40 BPC: learning from the Japanese experience Since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, much more attention is being paid to business continuity planning in hospitals and this has become an important management issue. Shigehiro Taguchi


44 Using light as a design tool Lighting has a key role to play in improving the health care environment for patients, visitors and staff. This article suggests that changes to the traditional approach to lighting design are necessary to achieve these benefits. Mathijs Sommeijer


48 Biosafety design for laboratories This article looks at the process of architectural planning of laboratory buildings, particularly more specialised environments for research purposes, where the physical space contributes to the reliability of experiments and to the protection of human health and the environment. Djalma da Silva Lima


51 BIM success: consistency and standardisation are key In an ideal world, Building Information Modelling would be a basic and necessary tool for all construction projects in the healthcare industry. A segmented approach simply does not deliver the results that an approach using BIM can deliver, argues the author. Ricci Piper


The Publisher is unable to take any responsibility for views expressed by contributors. Editorial views are not necessarily shared by the International Federation of Hospital Engineering. Readers are expressly advised that while the contents of this publication are believed to be accurate, correct and complete, no reliance should be placed upon its contents as being applicable to any particular circumstances.


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ISSN 2041-3912 Printed by: Taylor Bloxham Limited, Leicester LE4 1BR, UK IFHE DIGEST 2014


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