Extension of the State COVID Waivers Until July 1, 2022

COVID Indiana State Waiver Roll-back Information Summary The Indiana Department of Health (IDH) has issued an Emergency Order Reissuing Temporary Blanket Waivers for Hospitals and Ambulatory Outpatient Surgical Centers. This emergency order extends 4 separate blanket waivers through July 1, 2022. These waivers have allowed the creation of temporary negative pressure isolation rooms, repurposing of […]

FGI Emergency Conditions Guidelines

On April 1, 2021 FGI published the proposed Emergency Conditions Guidelines for healthcare and residential care facilities. Recall, FGI formed an Emergency Conditions Committee last spring that focused on all kinds of emergencies, from COVID to hurricanes to polar vortexes and wildfires. Their findings were summarized in Doug Erickson’s “This Session is a Disaster” webinar […]

Water Recommissioning After Prolonged Shut Down

Here are good links about flushing water from buildings that have been empty for some time to reduce the risk of Legionella issues as people start to return to work. BOMA – Building Owners and Managers Association AWWA – American Water Works Association IDEA – International District Energy Association AGA – American Gas Association GIPHCC – Greater Indianapolis Plumbing – […]

Emergency Order Amending Blanket Waiver On Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms

The Indiana State Department of Health’s March 22, 2020 “COVID-19 National/State Emergency Hospital Blanket Waiver: Conversion of Standard Patient Rooms to Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms (Revised)” (“Isolation Waiver”) has been AMENDED. See the update below: Emergency Order Amending Blanket Waiver On Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms Please share this broadly with your healthcare engineering colleagues.

Rule Modification Concerning the Occupancy or Construction Of Shelters, Care Facilities, and Hospitals During The Public Health Emergency

Due to the public health emergency created by the COVID-19 virus, Governor Holcomb granted agencies broad powers to waive, suspend, or modify existing rules where enforcement would be detrimental to the public welfare during the emergency, subject to his prior approval. See Executive Order 20-05. In an effort to proactively respond to the anticipated need […]

Healthcare Engineers: Do you have COVID-19 questions to which you can’t find answers?

Healthcare facility engineering professionals: Do you have questions about COVID-19 with regard to your healthcare facility responsibilities? There are many great resources, such as those on the ISHE website home page, but sometimes you need an answer you can’t find anywhere else. If so, send us your question. We may not be able to answer […]

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