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Operationalization of an Expanded Anteroom in a COVID-19 Dedicated Hospital, South Korea

Version 1 : Received: 18 December 2020 / Approved: 21 December 2020 / Online: 21 December 2020 (09:17:59 CET)

How to cite: Shon, S.; Cho, H.; Sung, M.; Kang, J.; Choi, Y.; Lee, S.; Moon, K.J. Operationalization of an Expanded Anteroom in a COVID-19 Dedicated Hospital, South Korea. Preprints 2020, 2020120485 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0485.v1). Shon, S.; Cho, H.; Sung, M.; Kang, J.; Choi, Y.; Lee, S.; Moon, K.J. Operationalization of an Expanded Anteroom in a COVID-19 Dedicated Hospital, South Korea. Preprints 2020, 2020120485 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0485.v1).

Abstract

Infection control among patients is critical for diseases like COVID-19. The concentration of patients in a few facilities burdens healthcare providers and the healthcare system. This study examined the operations of an extended anteroom in a dedicated COVID-19 hospital. It presents issues to consider in the deployment and operation of an extended anteroom through discussions by expert working groups. The subjects covered included efficient space, staffing, equipment management, and education. The process involved wearing personal protective equipment (PPE; in this case, Level D), and if necessary, wearing additional powered air purification respirators (PAPR), after moving from the preparation room to the dressing room, and when entering the hospital through the entrance passage. When leaving the hospital, personnel used a mandatory exit-only passage; in the dressing room, they undressed, and then went outside, in this order. The efficient spatial composition of the anteroom facilitated entry and exit and the separation of contaminated areas and non-contaminated areas using colors and lines. It is necessary to develop operational guidelines for hospitals that treat infectious diseases and conduct research to improve care. The study indicated the need to develop educational programs and use educational simulations to address regionally spread infectious diseases

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Healthcare; Isolation hospital; Anteroom

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