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Containment and Infection Control Solutions at the Most Critical Moment of Exposure

In recent years, several hospitals in Pittsburgh, PA. have seen the death of patients due to mold-related issues. Five deaths occurred between 2014 and 2017 at two university medical centers in Pittsburgh after mold growth was found in the linens used by the facility. The sheets contained heavy fungal growth of Mucor and Rhizopus, along with heavy build-up of lint and mold near the vent. The CDC reported that it was the dust and mold spores carried by ventilation to the rooms of the hospitals that caused the spread of infection among patients. (CNN) Continue Reading

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STARC Systems Partners with UBC for ICRA Training

In healthcare construction, patient care is critical to the success of a renovation project. That’s why STARC Systems is partnering with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) in its continuing education program for Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) best practices in healthcare construction. Continue Reading

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Sustainable Manufacturing: How STARC Systems Keeps it Green

From product production to the extended life cycle of our panels, STARC is eco-friendly and believes in sustainable manufacturing practices. We are proud to partner with our customers to keep it green. Continue Reading

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Development of Protocols For An Isolated and Controllable Space

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) are a major safety concern for healthcare providers, staff, and patients. With morbidity, mortality, increased length of stay and cost, every effort to prevent these infections in hospitals should be made. An Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) must include identifying patients at risk of nosocomial infections and implementing protocols to reduce transmission. Continue Reading

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Containment Systems 101: From Poly to Drywall, What Is The Most Effective?

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. Continue Reading

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The Next Epidemic Is Coming! How Do We Prepare For The Inevitable?

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.

Recent outbreaks have caused deaths ranking in the millions, along with devastating effects on economic and social structures. The 2003 SARs epidemic cost the global economy $54 billion alone (Time Magazine). While the experts say that another pandemic is likely to occur and are working tirelessly to predict it, it’s hard to know exactly when the next outbreak will take place. Continue Reading

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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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Creating an 8’ Corridor ICRA Barrier Kit

When it comes to innovation in temporary containment and barrier systems, the industry leader is STARC Systems. Contractors, managers, architects, and engineers and the like, turn to STARC Systems time and again to provide the most effective, high-performance containment walls available anywhere.

Construction or renovation projects at any commercial, industrial or institutional facility will find that STARC’s containment system meets and exceeds the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) protocols up to and exceeding Class IV requirements—the highest risk group assessment classification. Continue Reading

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Increase Client Satisfaction with ICRA Containment Walls

As any business grows and expands, substantial improvements to the workspace are often necessitated in order to meet customer demands, increase employee productivity, and the overall efficiency of the company. In fact, a period of remodeling or renovation, in some ways, is a good problem to have because it’s an indication of a company’s success. Nevertheless, the interruption can also be a trying time for employees. Not only as it relates to their ability to remain productive while the workspace is under construction, but for their health and safety.

To avoid all health and safety related issues, infection control should be a primary concern for companies undergoing restoration, remodeling or renovation. Project engineers, architects, and construction managers should include and agree on an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) strategy in the developmental and planning stages of the project. Continue Reading

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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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