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Organization: American Institute of Architects (AIA), COVID-19 Task Force
Documents: COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites Briefing & Assessment Tool; COVID-19 Frontline Perspective Design considerations to reduce risk and support patients and providers in facilities for COVID-19 care
Date: April 7, 2020
COVID-19 alternative care sites: Addressing capacity, safety, & risk challenges for our nation’s hospitals during a public health pandemic response
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) task force on COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites provides a new checklist tool for public officials to quickly identify buildings suitable to be adapted for patient care. The task force developed the tool using established healthcare design best practices and standards in combination with federal documents issued during the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, professional input was provided from trained and experienced health care architects, engineers, life-safety consultants, front line health workers, and hospital facility operations.
COVID-19 Frontline Perspective Design considerations to reduce risk and support patients and providers in facilities for COVID-19 care
Health care workers are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, they are at great risk and at the same time possess great knowledge of the effectiveness of health care settings, and what still needs to be addressed during these perilous times.This white paper was written by the Front Line Working Group of the AIA COVID-19 Task Force in the early phase of the COVID-19 crisis from February to April 2020 for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which established the AIA COVID-19 Task Force to explore the role of architects and the built environment during the COVID-19 crisis. Clinical, scientific, and subject matter experts at the interface of health care and design worked together closely to inform this document and the associated checklist tool. It reflects input from medical doctors, including specialists in emergency medicine, intensive care, anesthesiology, and gerontology; nurses; hospital administrators; researchers; and architectural designers. The document considers findings from a literature review of recent institutional reports, publications, and emerging findings.
Click HERE to view the COVID-19 frontline perspective design considerations