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Infectious Control: 3 Considerations During Healthcare Facility Renovations

Posted on October 16, 2014

Healthcare engineers and facilities managers gearing up for a renovation project understand just how important it is to manage the infectious control process and protect the facility’s integrity during construction activities that can affect air quality, increase the risk of infection in some patients, and stir up dust and other airborne particles.

Here are three areas to consider when vetting out an infectious control contractor to maintain the health and well-being of patients and healthcare workers during renovation and construction projects at healthcare facilities.

Permits & Risk Assessments & Safety Strategies
Does your contractor have experience generating permits for similar jobs? There will likely be need for ICRA (infection control risk assessments) permits and assessments before work begins so you’ll want to make sure they know how to coordinate and pull necessary permits. Your contractor should work closely with facility management to develop control and safety strategies, beginning with conducting an infectious control risk assessment that will be instrumental in constructing a project management plan.

Containment Barriers
Setting up proper containment methods and as well as being knowledgeable in the proper equipment usage is key in coordinating a successful renovation or construction project. Does your contractor use on-site safety officers and quality controllers to inspect the work and ensure proper setup?

Find out if they have experience:

  • building and utilizing containment areas for controlling and monitoring negative air pressure
  • conducting terminal cleaning
  • ensuring compliance with health and safety rules and regulations
  • coordination of firewall penetration installations
  • inspections of fire stopping in compliance with current fire codes

Non-invasive Activities
Ask after the strategies they employ as regards non-invasive activities and inspections. Do they use short duration activity strategies to create minimal dust? What are the tried and true methods they use during demolition, building component removal, and new construction projects which can create moderate to high levels of dust?

Read more about the project AirTek completed for a Los Angeles health clinic.

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