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NMC Royal Hospital
Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Located in Khalifa City, the 807,000-square-foot NMC Royal Hospital is the country's largest private sector hospital. The $200-million NMC Royal Hospital, comprising 250 beds with scope to expand to 500 beds, is equipped with the most advanced technology and offers multi-specialty health services including cardiac sciences, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, and orthopedics.

Protecting patients and health care workers from contracting healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) via the airborne route requires reduction of microbial, viral, and fungal contaminants to safe levels. Hospital rooms are connected by doorways, corridors, stairwells, and elevator shafts. Small pressure differences, induced by natural forces such as thermal buoyancy due to air temperature differences, wind, or mechanical fans, can generate airflows that move air from one room to another. Besides increasing the number of air changes per hour, airflows can be manipulated in other ways to reduce the spread of airborne infection in an indoor environment.

To protect against the spread of infectious diseases, ventilation is used to establish proper pressurization or differential airflows. Isolation rooms are generally designed for negative pressurization and 100 percent exhausted air. In contrast, to protect immunocompromised patients from infection, an oversupply of makeup air is used to support a positive pressure environment. At the NMC Royal Hospital 26 of Paragon’s SPM-3000 Room Pressure Monitors were installed in isolation rooms and operating rooms to alarm if the rooms did not maintain proper negative or positive pressurization.

Room/Space Pressure Monitor
Room/Space Pressure Sensor

Project Type: Hospital
Owner: NMC Royal Hospital Abu Dhabi
Location: Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Awards: Gulf Customer Experience Award 2016, Wellbeing and Health Category
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