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Healthcare-Associated Infection Awareness and Prevention

Written by Gearhart and Associates, LLC. for STARC Systems, Inc. Gearhart and Associates are industry experts in Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) training, Infection Control and Prevention Strategies, and Facilities Risk Management.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) have become one of the biggest threats to patient and staff safety within the healthcare industry. Studies show that 1 of 25 hospitalized patients are affected by an HAI.

However, efforts can be made to reduce the risk of HAIs through the development of barrier management and stringent cleaning protocols. Together with healthcare and public health partners, the CDC is working to bring attention to HAIs and looking for the right solutions to reduce the risk of recurrence.

Studies show that when staff and practitioners are aware of infection control issues and take the proper precautions, rates of some targeted HAIs may be reduced by 70%.

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Using Temporary Walls in Hospitals for Pandemic Preparedness

STARC Systems recognizes pandemic preparedness is one of the most important responsibilities for all infection control and facility managers. Managers know that it’s only a matter of time when—not if—that a pandemic will strike their area and facility. There is a constant risk of a devastating pandemic event occurring, be it bioengineered chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, or an outbreak of an infectious disease. Continue Reading

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Consider a Dust Containment System for ICRA Infection Control

The acronym ICRA stands for Infection Control Risk Assessment. The term refers to a procedure that all healthcare facilities must engage during any construction project within occupied or sensitive spaces. Infection control specialists and contractors in the field look to Infection-Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) guidelines and strategies to prevent environment-associated infections in every healthcare facility. Sound ICRA infection control measures should not only be part of routine infection-control strategies but engineering practices, as well. Continue Reading

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Maintaining Patient Satisfaction During Healthcare Renovation Projects

Ubiquitous distribution of airborne pathogens has the potential to produce severe disease in immunocompromised patients posing a serious health risk whenever there is disruptive activity, such as a renovation project. Ironically, erecting ICRA Containment Dust Barriers, which are essential in protecting patients prior to any disturbance of the area, can also have a negative effect on patient satisfaction scores. Continue Reading

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STARC Systems Announces $3.5 Million Investment Led by Blue Heron Capital

STARC Systems announced today that it has received a $3.5 million investment, led by Blue Heron Capital, a growth equity fund providing growth and expansion capital headquartered in Richmond, VA.

STARC Systems is a fast-growing building products company, based in Brunswick, Maine, that manufactures and distributes modular wall systems providing a clean, airtight and sound-deadening construction barrier system to protect the healthy work environments from the effects of construction. The STARC containment system is the category leader in healthcare facilities during
renovation projects. While the company’s products are used across industries, its containment system has been engineered to meet the high standards of the healthcare industry. Continue Reading

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Wayfair joins STARC Systems at Brunswick Landing

We are excited to welcome some new neighbors to the business community here at Brunswick Landing. Welcome to Maine, Wayfair! Check out the article in the Portland Press Herald featuring Wayfair and STARC Systems.  Go to the article >

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STARC Project Showcase – CMMC

The STARC System – Perfect for Infection Control in Hospitals

 

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) of Lewiston, Maine is a member of the Central Maine Healthcare Group which is the largest Healthcare employer in Central Maine. CMMC is a Regional Resource Hospital serving over 400,000 people in Central and Mid Coast Maine and providing Primary, Emergency and Specialty Care throughout the Region. Continue Reading

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Sen. Angus King Tours TechPlace, Meets STARC

Senator Angus King of Brunswick stopped by on Friday, Feb. 5th for a short tour Continue Reading

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STARC Systems Moves On To The Greenlight Maine Semifinals

Greenlight Maine’s business competition is heating up and getting closer to finding a winner. They are looking for one Maine company that is scalable, viable, feasible, and innovative. The combination of those focus areas and an excellent pitch will determine the winner of at least $100,000.

Chris MacKenzie, STARC’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has taken STARC Systems to the next level of the business competition. Starting the competition there were 86 companies and now there are 25 other companies in the running. Find out why STARC is moving on to the next round in this innovation business competition in the latest post from TechPlace Maine. Continue Reading

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9 Ways STARC Systems Is Improving Healthcare Construction Containment

The STARC System was developed to meet the need to significantly improve the performance of construction containment in the healthcare environment, while reducing material, installation, decommissioning and labor costs associated with temporary containment. The system provides a high-performance barrier for infection control, dust contaminants, smoke and construction noise, while providing a secure work zone that is attractive and appealing to the working staff and patients in the facility. Continue Reading

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