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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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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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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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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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