The COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare facilities, and many other industries, to become more resourceful.
Some facilities are relocating equipment traditionally contained within the patient room, such as IVs, infusion pumps, and patient monitoring equipment, into corridors in an attempt to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and reduce the contact between nurses and infected patients.
Specified Technologies Inc (STI) Firestop has been asked by many facilities whether EZ-Path devices can be installed as a permanent pathway for various temporary service runs such as extension cords or infusion pump tubing as they pass from the patient’s room into the corridor.
EZ-Path devices are an exceptional way to seal temporary penetrations. Stadiums and casinos use EZ-Path devices to seal beverage lines for soda, beer, and spirits in remote beverage dispensing systems where the lines must be changed frequently. There are also a myriad of deployments where frequently modified temporary electrical lines and extension cords must traverse fire- or smoke-rated assemblies, making EZ-Path products the right choice.
According to STI Firestop, during the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare facilities are using both the original EZ-Path Fire Rated Pathway and the EZ-Path Smoke and Acoustical Pathway for sealing temporary service penetrations into the corridor from patient rooms.
The devices enable services to be routed through a corridor wall while maintaining a rated seal.
“The self-sealing design automatically adjusts to accommodate for the addition or removal of services without requiring manual intervention or activation, eliminating the potential hazard of unsealed openings existing between the corridor and patient room whether for smoke, flames, particulate dust/air, or noise (i.e. STC Ratings),” said Justin Pine, STI Product Manager.
For walls that are fire-rated, the EZ-Path Series 22, 33, or 44+ provide a pass-through for temporary services while maintaining consistent performance.
For non-fire-rated walls, the Series 33NEZ or 44NEZ provide a seal 100% of the time while also enabling for the routing of temporary services and being installed flush with wall surfaces.