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Hospital built with bioterrorism in mind

Hospital Safety Insider, December 1, 2011

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The brand new Rush University Medical Center in Chicago touts a design that addresses the possibility of bioterrorism, pandemics, or industrial accidents.

The $654 million facility includes an emergency room that is built to handle casualty surge with ambulance bays that convert into decontamination rooms. Hidden panels within the walls of the lobby allow access to oxygen and other gases in case patients need to be treated in the lobby during an emergency. The 664-bed hospital is one of the largest in the area.

The hospital also boasts 60 treatment bays that can be doubled to treat beyond normal patient loads, and the capability to isolate entire sections of the hospital, including airflow.

Source: Chicago Tribune



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