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The Department of Health contracted BSRIA to carry out an independent validation of their design guidance for isolation rooms contained in "HFN30 Infection Control In The Built Environmental Supplement 1: Isolation Facilities in acute settings".
BSRIA constructed a full-size mock-up of a PPL (Positive Pressure Lobby) isolation room at its laboratories in Bracknell, Berkshire. The demonstration facility, realistic in terms of fitting and contents, contained a fully functioning ventilation system to simulate a real-life installation.
Various validation techniques were applied including:
BSRIA also provided computer modelling expertise in order to simulate the design and predict the airflow within the isolation room.
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