Infectious diseases Building P High level isolation unit HLIU

About High level isolation unit

The high level isolation unit (HLIU) is designed and made to provide patients with the most infectious diseases, such as Ebola or other viral hemorrhagic fevers, with the best care in the safest possible environment. It consists of four double ante isolation rooms of which two can be upgraded to an ICU room if necessary.

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Erasmuslaan 17

Route number HLIU: 984

Outbreak management

The HLIU fits with leading roles Radboudumc has in preparedness for and response to infection outbreaks. read more

Safe care

Many innovative solutions have been used in the HLIU to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff. read more

Safe care

All safety and quality requirements, for patient and employee, were taken into account in the design of the building. A few examples:

  • the building has a separate ambulance hall, so that highly infectious patients can be taken to their rooms directly and without contact with other departments. 
  • the four HLIU isolation rooms have a double lock. In the "lock in" the protective clothing is put on the caregiver. In the "sluice out" the isolation suit is taken off again on the employee. This reduces the risk of contamination when dressing and undressing.
  • a "VAR" (video assistant referee) continually watches from a distance and intervenes if an error is made, for example when putting on or taking off personal protective equipment for isolation care.
  • state-of-the-art communication systems have been installed so that the patient can communicate well with the caregivers and the caregivers can understand each other well, despite the limitations of the isolation suit worn by caregivers.
  • in a small lab (point-of-care) connected to the patient room, quick basic determinations can be made.
  • optiflow treatment is possible in all patient rooms in the building; special oxygen lines have been laid for this purpose
  • the medical condition of the patient is continuously monitored remotely to detect deterioration at an early stage without the need for a nurse to be physically present; this also avoids the risks of an emergency situation for the staff.
  • the HLIU isolation rooms are upgradable to an ICU. Should the patient deteriorate to the point that ICU care is required, the patient does not need to be transported by the hospital to the ICU. The IC equipment is connected in the HLIU and IC staff comes to the HLIU.

Patient-friendly environment

Patients can receive visitors in the HLIU, and a family room is provided. read more

Patient-friendly environment

Patients can receive visitors in the HLIU under strict security conditions. If visitors cannot be in the same room because of the patient's guiding protocol and infectious condition, patient and visitor can see each other privately through glass in a certain part of the building.

A homely atmosphere has been created in the building, with a family room for patients' loved ones. There they can retreat for a while without having to wear protective measures.

The building also has its own screened garden.


Radboudumc Center for Infectious Diseases

The Radboudumc Center for Infectious Diseases is internationally renowned for its knowledge of the interaction between the human body and pathogenic microorganisms. read more

Building P

The HLIU is located in building P of the Radboudumc, on Erasmuslaan. In this building, patients with infectious lung infections, such as tuberculosis, are also admitted. read more

Training Facility

When no patients are admitted, the HLIU is used for training purposes for Radboudumc staff, partners and others. read more

Training Facility

The HLIU is ideally suited for training healthcare professionals in safety procedures related to isolation nursing of highly contagious patients. This includes physicians, nurses, infection prevention experts and others involved in the care of highly contagious patients. They learn how to dress and undress safely and also receive training focused on their specific tasks, such as preparing for diagnostics and cleaning and disinfecting the environment. During the interdisciplinary real-life scenario training, the healthcare professionals also learn how best to work together during these unique and difficult circumstances.

For more information about the possibilities, please contact Manon Tingen-Wieland, infection prevention expert: Manon.Wieland@radboudumc.nl.

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Information for referrers

For questions about viral hemorrhagic fever or if you suspect VHK in a patient, please contact the infectiologist on duty of the VHK team at +316-50159426 (if no answer, please ask for the infectiologist on duty at +3124-3611111).