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What is Bioterrorism and How Can It Be Prevented?

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.

Bioterrorism, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the intentional release of viruses, bacteria, and/or other germs that can sicken or kill people, livestock, or crops. The agents most likely to be used in a bioterrorist attack are anthrax, plague, botulism, and smallpox which can be spread via contaminated food, water, aerosols, or entry through the skin (NCBI). Continue Reading

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Why Sound Management Matters In Healthcare

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.

The management of patient satisfaction is becoming a top priority for healthcare facilities throughout the country. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 has caused awareness of value-based purchasing among healthcare executives and leaders. The most commonly used measure of patient satisfaction is the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems or HCAHPS (a survey consisting of 32 questions where patients rate their stay). Continue Reading

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Rapid Response & Containment Strategy Key To Decreasing Spread of Superbugs

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.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs” killed nearly 700,000 people last year, and research shows that antibiotic-resistant superbugs on are on track to kill more people than cancer (10 million) by 2050 while costing healthcare facilities an average of $2 billion per year. Continue Reading

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Strategies and Protocols to Minimize Infectious Disease Outbreak Severity with an Effective Containment System

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.

Infectious disease outbreaks are a well-recognized complication of construction or renovation work in healthcare facilities. As facilities will continue to require these projects, so will the subsequent challenges of protecting patients and staff. Continue Reading

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Increase Patient Satisfaction with ICRA Class IV Containment

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.

In the world of healthcare, few things are more important than improving patient experience and satisfaction, with 45% of healthcare executives saying revamping the patient experience is one of the of their organization’s top three priorities over the next 5 years and 86% denoting patient satisfaction as “very important” when considering design changes to facilities and services. Whether for a check-up or treatment, patients are fully trusting the staff and the safety of the facility. This includes being protected during healthcare facility renovation projects. Continue Reading

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Reduce Labor Costs and Downtime Between Renovation Phases

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.

“Health care facilities continuously face technology upgrades, efficiency improvements, and facility upgrades to meet patient needs and increase patient satisfaction. We see a rise across the board in construction and renovation projects to meet patient needs,” says Lourdes Sisk, Marketing Manager for The Gordian Group, Inc. (Health Facility Management) Continue Reading

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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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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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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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