LG Electronics: Healthcare Changing with the Pandemic

The pandemic process has deeply affected all industries, but one of the most affected sectors is undoubtedly health. According to the IBISWorld report, the proportion of public hospitals in Australia that have an intensive care unit equipped with the necessary devices to treat critically ill patients does not exceed 20 percent. NHS England, on the other hand, states that 20 percent of patients got an epidemic while they were in the hospital to treat their different diseases.

This is not just the epidemic, but the same zamit led to greater awareness of the role of hospitals at the moment. The epidemic has forced healthcare institutions, and the next life will not be the same anymore.

So, what will the health facilities be after the pandemic? How can hospitals be prepared for new norms? Changes are taking place in spatial and administrative dimensions ...

Spatial changes

First of all, the adoption of telehealth services will accelerate the change in space use. US adoption of telehealth jumped from 2019 percent in 11 to 46 percent during the pandemic, according to McKinsey's survey. Updox, a virtual care communications company, predicts that 2.000 percent of 51 US adults will continue to use telehealth services even after the outbreak.

Another spatial change to be made is in the direction of expansion of the negative pressure chamber. Building negative pressure chambers is one way for healthcare organizations to prepare themselves for the pandemic. A negative pressure chamber keeps indoor air pressure lower than the surrounding environment to isolate the virus and reduce the risk of infection.

For example, General de Latacunga Hospital in Ecuador has a negative pressure chamber equipped with LG Electronics solutions that allow pressure control in the affected / damaged area. The Multi V used here is the Air Handling Unit equipped with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that cleans 17 percent of all airborne particles up to 0.3μm size, in accordance with global standards with LG's Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system MERV 99.97 ( AHU). This combination refreshes and circulates the air, providing the strictest hygienic environment.

Management changes

It is an important fact that this transformation should also be done in the management dimension. For healthcare facilities, zamindoor air quality, which is a priority at the moment, is zamIt became even more important than it was before. The American Association of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) says changes in building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, can reduce exposure to the virus.

That's why hospital air conditioning plays a more important role than just promoting comfort. The effective HVAC solution not only provides comfortable temperature and humidity, but also zaminstantly collects contaminants and draws air through the filter element. LG Multi V indoor units are a good example. LG Multi V is equipped with a 99,9-stage air purification filter that can absorb 1.0 percent PM 4 ultra-fine dust, providing hygienic indoor air quality.

Increasing cost efficiency is another challenge in building management, as healthcare organizations face unprecedented financial problems caused by the pandemic. The American Hospital Association estimates that material damage over the four-month period from March to June this year is $ 202,6 billion.

To reduce operating cost, maximizing energy efficiency is essential for healthcare facilities, as these buildings operate 365 hours a day, 24 days a year, unlike other commercial buildings. According to the US Department of Energy, the energy use intensity of healthcare facilities is 2,5 times higher than commercial office buildings.

LG Electronics is working to provide the world's best energy efficiency with innovative technology. For example, the latest VRF system, the LG Multi V 5, features the Ultimate Inverter Compressor, which improves cooling efficiency by 3 percent and heating efficiency by 10 percent compared to the traditional model. The smart feature of automatically detecting the presence of the person to turn on and off also contributes to optimum energy use. - Hibya

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