LG Bridges the Gap for Healthcare Facilities in the New Normal
The silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it showed us areas that drastically need improvement. Because of the severity of the virus, and the threat of another pandemic looming, the need to create changes that impact the future started today. Some systems need to be overhauled, but with time and budget constraints, renovation is the next best thing. In its 2020 Global Health Care Outlook, Deloitte reports that “Many of the world’s health systems are struggling to maintain financial sustainability in an uncertain and changing environment.” Adaptation is key.
One of the key areas that requires careful consideration is the Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system since hospitals operate 24/7. Simone Healthcare Development, a full-service real estate investment company, found that as healthcare facilities become more complex, the ability to offer flexible solutions for a large variety of patients is required. Modular construction which uses prefabricated structures constructed remotely, is gaining popularity as one flexible option.
Another popular option is the adaptation of LG Electronics’ latest Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), Multi V 5. A single unit provides a large capacity up to 26HP, so fewer outdoor units are required. This results in a savings of up to 23 percent in total installation space compared to a conventional comparative model.Furthermore, Multi V 5 is highly customizable. For instance, customers of existing Multi V units can add a Hydro Kit to enable precise temperature control. A good example is Syrian Lebanese Hospital in Brazil. The complex is actually using a combined solution of the LG Multi V, Hydro Kit and AHUs (Air Handling Unit) for operating rooms and imaging centers.
LG’s HVAC system can play a large role in providing high quality care for long-stay patients. For instance, LG DUAL Vane Cassette, an indoor ceiling cassette, provides six different airflows which allow optimal comfort for each space in a hospital. Indirect airflow mode, in specific, prevents air blowing directly on a person which helps patients to relax in a cool and pleasant environment.
Proper ventilation for fresh indoor air must be maintained to ensure infection control and patient safety. It can be achieved with LG Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), which detects indoor CO2 levels and automatically adjusts fan speeds. It also provides extensive air filtration through a purification system to remove harmful bacteria from the air. LG Chiller combined with Air Handling Unit (AHU) is another solution to provide a clean air supply.
Taking the long-term perspective changes in consideration when renovating. An efficient HVAC system will have a considerable effect on the layout and provide additional advantages. It can thereby help healthcare facilities to improve its future viability and financial sustainability.