NHC and MOHURD Release Guiding Rules for Contingency Facility Design Against Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (for Trial Implementation)
On Feb. 8, 2020, in order to actively respond to the serious situation of prevention and control of the epidemic of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia and to effectively supervise the construction of contingency facilities in all areas, the National Health Commission (NHC) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) jointly formulated and released the Guiding Rules for Contingency Facility Design Against Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (for Trial Implementation) (shortened into the Guiding Rules in the following part). The Guiding Rules is applicable to the reform, expansion, and new construction of medical institutions or temporary construction used to treat Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia patients. According to the Guiding Rules, the design of contingency facilities should follow the principles of controlling infectious sources, cutting off infectious chain, isolating the susceptible group, and fulfilling the medication demands by hospitals for infectious hospitals. The construction should be combined with the practical local and project conditions, the existing resources should be fully used, and the most efficient construction scheme should be chosen. Vigorous measures should be adopted to prevent cross infection in the hospital, prevent environmental contamination, to guarantee a safe and high-efficiency operation of medical institutions, to ensure biological, environmental, and structural safety, reliable quality, and a reasonable economic cost. The Guiding Rules also clarifies related requirements concerning the construction principles, location choosing, architectural design, structure, water supply and sewage, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, electronics and AI application, medical gas and operation and maintenance, etc.