On March 17, 2020 the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) released a COVID-19 Resource to its members titled Negative Pressure Patient Room Options. An updated document was posted Monday, March 23, 2020. If you are not an ASHE member, please reach out to your local sales representative or contact us. Refer to ASHE’s COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Facilities page for developments and additional resources.

Options to Convert Standard Patient Rooms to Negative Pressure Rooms

ASHE’s document outlines small scale surge options to convert standard patient rooms to negative pressure rooms by one of the following methods:

  1. HEPA to Corridor
  2. HEPA to Outside
  3. HEPA to Return
  4. Multi-Bed Zone-Within-Zone Room

Using Door Seals in Negative Pressure Environments

Each option listed above requires a door seal to help create negative pressure and air infiltration in this type of environment.

DH Pace provides a multitude of door seals that can be installed to help create negative pressure rooms. Available applications are screw on and self-adhesive, with varying finishes from stainless steel, aluminum, and self-adhesive; all are cleanable surfaces. Also, there is an option for an anti-microbial seal. A properly working seal increases containment and therefore, improves patient and healthcare worker safety.

Obtaining Door Seals for Negative Pressure Rooms During COVID-19

All products can be installed by DH Pace technicians or facility maintenance staff.

The DH Pace Company Inc. (the “Company”) is open for business and ready to serve your needs. The Company is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation guided by the CDC and local public health officials. We have taken action in a variety of ways to support the effort to limit the spread of the virus with a central focus on the health and well-being of our employees and their families, our customers and their families, and the public at large.

In a recent Shelter in Place (SIP) order it listed the businesses that are deemed “Essential.” DH Pace would fall under these two categories:

  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of Residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses.
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate.

Download the COVID-19 Negative Pressure in Healthcare Facilities Customer Advisory.