Erected in five months in the parking lot of the Saint-Jérôme hospital, a new 57-bed annex will welcome its first patients from the surgical department tomorrow. According to the leaders of the Laurentian Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS), this new 25,000 square foot construction, which cost $ 28 million, will help minimize load shedding during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unique concept with its twin of the hospital of Saint-Eustache, the complex made of canvas strikes visually when one circulates near the dilapidated health establishment which was born just after the Second World War. Arranged on a temporary basis, but made to last at least 25 years, the new annex should be able to be used until the completion of the megaproject of expansion and renovation of this regional hospital, which is not planned before 2030.
Do not trust to appearances
Despite its exterior appearance as a temporary arena installed in a parking lot, this new annex is not a makeshift hospital. Steel structure and canvas guaranteed for 50 and 25 years respectively, raised concrete slab to pass pipes and electricity under the floor, gypsum wall and air conditioning; this wing is enough to make several hospitals green with envy.
“Everything was done according to the most recent standards for the construction of hospitals,” indicates Patrick Bureau, director of technical services at the CISSS des Laurentides. We built everything in collaboration with the people from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), because construction standards for this type of structure did not exist. “
Forget the bogged down corridors
Hospital regulars know this; rare are the corridors free of carts and devices of all kinds. In order to avoid running into equipment and to keep the corridors as free as possible, the care teams consulted suggested and obtained the installation of alcoves, like the one in the photo on the right, so that the equipment can fit into the walls.
The new complex has 57 single rooms. Sixteen of them even have their own toilet. All have a sink and three fixed gypsum walls completed by a curtain that acts as a door. The equipment there, such as the connection for oxygen, is the same as in a conventional hospital room.
The ventilation is done by the floor, therefore the air, and by the same fact the aerosols, is attracted towards the ground, minimizing the risks of propagation of viruses since the rooms do not have individual ceilings.
“Normally, without COVID-19, there is already a shortage of beds. This unit will ultimately allow us to free up 44 beds for hospitalization, ”says Sylvain Pomerleau, from the CISSS des Laurentides.
The Saint-Jérôme hospital, founded in 1948, does not have individual rooms, which caused a headache at the start of the pandemic.
Your hands are they clean?
Having clean hands was already important before the pandemic. From now on, it is essential. Unthinkable to add in the corridors of hospitals already built, hand washing stations were installed in all four rooms and embedded in the walls of the corridors.
From space for the staff
At the heart of the new complex are five nursing stations large enough to accommodate several ad hoc specialists, such as physiotherapists and doctors. About ten computers per station will allow everyone to work on their files without stepping on each other.
In addition, caregivers who will work in this complex will have their own changing room and will be able to take their break in a dedicated break room without having to return to the main building.
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