How do you rapidly set up an isolation ward?

Isolation of COVID-19 patients is one of the key pillars for infection control.

In the healthcare setting, isolation rooms separate infectious patients physically and help control the airflow through patient wards so that number of airborne infectious particles are reduced, decreasing the chance of cross-infection of other patients and staff. Negative pressure rooms (wherever available) also help in preventing further transmission. Recent guidelines suggest that a COVID-19 patient should remain in isolation until two test samples are negative, so setting up a ward properly is vital to ensure capacity for long stays.

In order to develop an efficient isolation ward system, it is imperative that standard infection control guidelines be followed for ensuring patient and health-worker safety. In addition, certain criteria related to ward size, number of beds, ventilation system etc. should also be decided on before installing the system. Consider how infected patients will need to move between areas of the facility.

Regular education of health workers on hygiene, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning and sanitation etc. is vital. Isolation rooms need extensive supplies like PPE devices (face shield, gowns, eye-protective goggles etc.), sharps containers, linen bags, and soap—use a checklist to monitor resources. Many ideas about setting up isolation wards have appeared online of various degrees of reliability, usefulness, and practicality. Our team is looking at those online resources and has found a few that we feel are the most reliable and practical. Other online resources we found are also listed below.


Isolation is vital for infection control but must be implemented with careful planning.


These are the TOP resources that our team found

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OTHER RESOURCES

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Sources Searched: Our team used MoH&FW (Govt of India), WHO, Google Scholar, PubMed, Youtube, CDC, and other links suggested by users of this site and partners to identify over resources related to this need.

Search Terms: Isolation ward OR quarantine OR infection control OR negative pressure OR infection prevention control

Research on coronavirus and COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. This page reflects evidence collected up to May 29, 2020.


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