COVID-19 health technical advice for engineers and health services
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Technical guidelines 10 August 2020

COVID-19 health technical advice for engineers and health services

We have prepared the following health technical advice to help health services manage the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


Aerosol study within healthcare environments

The purpose of this Health Technical Advice (HTA-2021-001) is to provide guidance to infection prevention specialists and hospital engineers on coagulation or “hot” spots and actions that could be taken to reduce the risk of contact transmission in health care settings.

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Isolation rooms

Health Technical Advice (HTA-2020-004) provides guidance to health agency staff and engineers on the types of isolation rooms available and the patients they are best suited for. This includes guidance on when an isolation room should be used for a COVID-19 patient.

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Increasing bed capacity for COVID-19 patients

Health Technical Advice (HTA-2020-003) provides guidance to health agencies on infrastructure works and equipment provision that may be required to expand critical care capacity within existing hospital facilities to treat COVID-19 patients.

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Infrastructure activities during a pandemic

Health Technical Advice (HTA-2020-002) provides guidance to health services on the types of infrastructure activities that should continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HVAC system strategies to airborne infectious outbreaks

Health Technical Advice (HTA-2020-001 Revision B) provides guidance to hospital engineers on actions that could be taken in the event of airborne infectious outbreaks with regards to heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems installed within a healthcare facility.

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Health service HVAC COVID-19 readiness assessment

Health Technical Advice (HTA-2021-002) provides guidance to health agencies to facilitate assessment of their Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems.

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Learn more about best practice for managing construction sites in the coronavirus environment via the Department of Health website.

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Last updated: 18 January 2022