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CONTENTS


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3 Foreword: Outgoing President 5 Foreword: President 8 IFHE information 9 Directory of contacts


10 IFHE leadership 12 IFHE Virtual Congress


13 Cover story: Meeting critical needs through modular, engineered solutions


17 COVID-19 and beyond: the Italian experience


Role of hospital technicians in parallel with medical and health personne that have responded to the experience of Italy with COVID-19 – Daniela Pedrini


21 Impact of pandemic on healthcare buildings


How the physical healthcare environment can continue to provide a safe, fit-for-purpose setting for high quality care – Emma Bolton


27 Emergency design response from the IFHE


A request by the WHO to provide assistance with designing emergency facilities for tackling COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, Haiti and Ghana – Jim Crabb


30 Attitudes to COVID-19 crisis in the Falklands


The estates manager of the Falkland Islands Government’s King Edward Memorial VII Hospital explores the challenges of dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic – Martyn Barlow


34 Virtual power plant – hand-in-glove approach


An energy-efficient virtual power plant system that helps an Australian hospital to earn revenue for supporting the power grid – Mark Hooper


Editor


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Sales


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Design Dave Woodall 6


Page 49 37 How biomed technicians make hospitals safer


The crucial role of ‘biomeds’ in making the largest teaching and research hospital in the South Island of New Zealand a safer place – Michael Brown


40 Machine learning for medical gas systems


A real-time machine learning system for optimal operations of medical gas system that uses big data analytics to save energy costs – Gaoyong Luo


44 Meeting COVID-19 with complementary units


An Argentinian design consultancy outlines its concept for modular, emergency expansion of hospital facilities to tackle COVID-19 – Daniel Cella


49 Proton therapy furthers cancer treatment


Equipment cost and associated facilities has limited Proton therapy use until recently – Lisa Sombart


53 What the future holds for water safety


Water Hygiene Centre considers changes and future developments for water system safety in relation to analysis and monitoring – Daniel Pitcher


57 Indoor environment’s role in hospital health


Indoor environment quality and impact on human health – COVID-19 offers an opportunity to raise standards – Eleonora C. Zioni


60 Reducing waterborne pathogens in premises


The risks of bio-aerosols containing harmful pathogens can come from a number of apparatus within healthcare premises – Elaine Waggott


63 Hospital modules for treating COVID-19 cases


An Argentinian architecture studio outlines its concept for developing modular hospital units to treat COVID-19 patients – Mariana Irigoyen


IFHE Digest is published by Step Communications Ltd Step House, North Farm Road Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3DR, UK Tel: +44 (0)1892 779999 Fax: +44 (0)1892 616177 Email: ifhe@stepcomms.com


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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.


This publication is copyright under the Berne Convention and the International Copyright Convention. All rights reserved, apart from any copying under the UK Copyright Act 1956, part 1, section 7. Multiple copies of the contents of the publication without permission is always illegal.


ISSN 2041-3912 IFHE Digest Advisory Panel


YASUSHI NAGASAWA Dr Eng Dip HFP, JIA Past president of International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE). He is also a past president of the Japan Institute of Healthcare Architecture (JIHA).


ANDY WAVELL IEng FIHEEM After 40 years in healthcare, Andy is retired. He is involved with both IHEEM and IFHE and is currently the IHEEM representative to the council and joint general secretary of IFHE. He is commissioning editor of the IFHE Digest and a member of IHEEM’s Health Estate Journal subcommittee, with responsibility for international issues, as well as being a member of IHEEM’s international technical platform and membership committees


IFHE DIGEST 2021


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