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In response to the pandemic and to meet the needs of terminally ill patients afflicted with an infectious disease, Niagara Hospice House is in the process of converting four of its 10 general inpatient suites into negative pressure rooms. These negative pressure suites will be ready to accommodate illnesses requiring isolation, specifically airborne contagions, and feature anterooms to provide optimal protection for staff, visitors and patients.
Negative pressure rooms use lower air pressure to allow outside air into the isolated environment, preventing internal air from exiting and providing an extra layer of protection for clinical staff, patients and visitors. The air from the isolation room is exhausted outside to dissipate into the atmosphere rather than inside the facility.
Each suite has an anteroom for clinical staff and one visitor at a time to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the patient’s room. An intercom system streamlines communication for the patients and clinical staff and will also help conserve PPE.
“Adding these negative pressure rooms is an important new asset for Niagara Hospice House to prevent the spread of contagions that can potentially be present in a variety of patient situations,” said Janet M. Ligammari, RN, Director of Hospice Facility Services at Niagara Hospice House. “With these added layers of protection, we now have heightened capabilities to protect staff, patients and loved ones from being exposed to harmful particles in the room as well as others in the vicinity throughout Hospice House.”
We are thankful for all of our philanthropic partners who continue to help ensure this expert care always remains available through their support of Niagara Hospice