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
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
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
STARC Systems Barrier protects patients during renovation-Health Facilities Management Magazine Feature
Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC), Lewiston, recently undertook a major renovation in and around the facility’s emergency department (ED).
The medical center was challenged to perform the work without any interruption in emergency services, while also protecting patients and staff from potentially hazardous airborne particles.
Any construction, renovation and repair activities in hospitals and health care facilities can create or disturb particles, and cause them to become aerosolized. These particles include Aspergillus spp., a fungus commonly found in indoor environments that attaches to and feeds on dirt and dust particles and cellulose-based building materials. Patients with suppressed immune systems are especially susceptible to developing aspergillosis, a potentially life-threatening infection. Continue Reading
The list of benefits associated with using STARC Systems Temporary Containment versus traditional containment methods (Sustainability, Speed, Aesthetics, Infection Control, Sound Attenuation, Dustless Installation) are well documented by our ever growing list of satisfied customers. The attached article recently published in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald focuses on the increasing construction labor shortage faced by the nation’s contractors. Continue Reading
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
Project / Worksite Isolation with Construction, Renovation & Maintenance Activities / Quality Control
Once again, the majority of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge — this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show. In the fourth year of federal readmission penalties, 2,592 hospitals will receive lower payments for every Medicare patient that stays in the hospital, readmitted or not, starting in October. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, was designed to make hospitals pay closer attention to what happens to their patients after they get discharged. Since the fines began, national readmission rates have dropped, but roughly one of every five Medicare patients sent to the hospital ends up returning within a month.
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