In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about the placement of a flushing hopper sink in a trauma room.
A room with a hopper sink is by definition a soiled workroom, Keyes said.
"It does not make sense to have a trauma room in a room that is defined as a soiled workroom. The air pressure in a soiled workroom must be negative, but the air pressure in a trauma room is required to be positive," Keyes wrote. The two rooms have to be separate.
"The Joint Commission and any other accreditation organization will enforce the FGI guidelines for new construction and the arrangement you describe will be cited and the hospital will be required to resolve this at a later date," he said. Better to resolve it now.