Technical Tours

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All technical tours will take place on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 following the joint plenary session with the 42nd World Hospital Congress 2018 at the Congress venue, BCEC.

Technical tours are included in full congress registrations only. Places for each technical tour are limited, subject to availability and will be allocated on a first-in-first-served basis. Technical tours can be selected when registering for the congress via the online registration form.

*Please note, technical tours have not been finalised and are subject to confirmation. Further details will be supplied as confirmed. Registration of technical tours is a preference only.

TECHNICAL TOUR 1 – LADY CILENTO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) precinct uses energy trigeneration plant year round to reduce the carbon footprint of two major healthcare and research buildings in Brisbane, Australia.  The hospital precinct is one of only a small number of large hospital sites world-wide to use such technology to supply lower-carbon electricity, hot water, steam and chilled water.  As a responsible healthcare service deliverer, Children’s Health Queensland strives to responsibly use only what energy is needed to operate the healthcare precinct and to maximise the efficient use of energy generated.  Children’s Health Queensland who operate LCCH, will host a number of hospital site visits, including back of house operational areas and the energy plant trigeneration units.  The site visits will provide delegates with the opportunity to view the significant benefits and efficiencies from trigeneration, and the critical role trigeneration plays in advanced asset management practices.

Tour duration: 1.5 hours hosted tour

TECHNICAL TOUR 2 – GOLD COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) is a major health facility offering tertiary level health care for the Gold Coast region of Australia.  Completed in September 2013, the hospital was built on a greenfield site adjacent to Griffith University Gold Coast campus at a cost of AUS$1.8billion.  This new 750-bed medical facility services include specialist cancer and cardiac services, neurosciences, trauma and neonatal intensive care.  The hospital has seven main buildings, with a total floor space of approximately 170,000 m2. 

The tour will take you through the Central Energy Plant (CEP), a behind the scenes inspection of the main 3.3kV HVAC chiller plant, the main 11kV intake switchboard and the 4x2.5MVA diesel backup generators.  The tour will move from the CEP through the underground engineering services tunnel to the clinical services buildings of the main hospital.  Here you will inspect one of the buildings’ complex plantrooms and other examples of the hospital’s engineering infrastructure

The Technical Tour will be followed by a brief bus ride through some of the Gold Coast’s more scenic locations, before returning to Brisbane.

Tour duration: 3 hour hosted tour

TECHNICAL TOUR 3 – ROYAL BRISBANE & WOMEN’S HOSPITAL

The Hyperbaric Medicine Service at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is pleased to host attendees at the 25th Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineers.  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a clinical treatment in which the patient is exposed to a pressure greater than sea level atmospheric pressure while breathing a treatment gas (normally 100% oxygen).  The equipment required for hyperbaric oxygen treatment consists of a pressure vessel (Hyperbaric Chamber), which is of rigid construction, and a means of delivering the treatment gas to the patient.  The therapy is performed at a prescribed schedule of time and pressure by trained personnel who monitor the patient.  

Our hyperbaric chamber was built in 2000 and installed in 2002 but not opened until 2010.  This raised many issues with the final commissioning of the chamber and its sub-systems.  

The main (Multiplace) chamber is pressurised using filtered air and delivers oxygen to the patient using one of several types of breathing circuit.  The Multiplace Chamber has three compartments, or locks.  These comprise of two treatment locks and a central ‘Entry Lock’ which doubles as a toilet.  The Main Lock can comfortably seat up to 7 patients at once and the other treatment lock (the Inner lock) can seat 2-3 patients at once.  The Multiplace chamber will always also have at least one Registered Nurse acting as an Inside Attendant.

Our facility also has a Monoplace Chamber which is pressurised using oxygen and has only one occupant, the patient.

Tour duration: 1.5 hours hosted tour

TECHNICAL TOUR 4 – QUEENSLAND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE

The Queensland Emergency Operations Centre (QEOC) incorporates world’s best practice technology for the management of emergency communications and disaster coordination to the state. The tour is an opportunity to provide delegates with an understanding of the disaster management environment, and gain insight into the systems, processes and technology required to facilitate timely and accurate reporting and coordination of natural disasters.

Tour duration: 1 hour hosted tour