Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Postpartum Floor Renovation

Keeping Infection at Bay and Patient Satisfaction Levels High During Renovation

Suffolk provides construction services to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Suffolk has completed more than 30 Brigham and Women’s Hospital new construction and renovation projects. STARC Systems is the preferred provider of temporary wall containment for Suffolk construction crews and BWH infection control staff.

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“When we begin a project, we meet with the health and safety department as well as infection control. It’s important that our containment systems meet ICRA Class IV standards. Also we need negative air containment; this is key. The hospital’s infection control contacts are all now familiar with STARC and know it’s the real deal. ”

Dustin Clement, Superintendent, Suffolk Construction @ Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The Challenge

Suffolk used STARC Systems temporary containment panels for two separate projects on BWH postpartum floors.  In each project, Suffolk needed to renovate several dozen patient rooms.

This posed a few challenges. First, Suffolk was required to meet ICRA Class IV requirements for infection control.  These standards required negative air flow into the renovation area as part of the hospital’s infection prevention program.

The second major challenge: The postpartum floor would remain open to patients and staff. This required the crews to find a temporary containment solution which would provide sound attenuation and would be easy to assemble and disassemble quickly, so as to minimize the disruptions from renovations.

Our Solution

“When we begin a project, we meet with the health and safety department as well as infection control. It’s important that our containment systems meet ICRA Class IV requirements.  Also, we need negative air containment; this is key,” said Dustin Clement, Superintendent, Suffolk Construction.

STARC Systems’ provided the perfect solution to Suffolk and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The hospital’s infection control contacts are all now familiar with STARC and know it’s the real deal.”

STARC Systems provided the ICRA Class IV standards for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and much more.

Suffolk crews sectioned off the corridor with two STARC containment systems and worked on multiple rooms at a time. As the work was completed, crews would quickly break down the STARC Systems and move onto the next rooms. The post-partum floor remained open for patients and staff during renovations.

STARC provided a system that was easy to assemble and breakdown; the fast installation eliminated disruptions in critical patient areas.  Also, STARC Systems temporary containment walls reduced renovation noise by up to 50%, improving BWH patient satisfaction scores and allowing staff members to carry on with their jobs.

“We had so many comments, nurses didn’t even know they were containment walls. The best compliment we can get is that they don’t realize there’s renovation work going on. People think it’s just part of the building. That’s important in health care,” said Dustin.

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