Construction and renovation projects are known to increase levels of dust as well as disturb and release harmful bacteria and mold spores throughout a hospital/healthcare facility. Here are the 5 most common questions asked about temporary containment.... Continue reading »
Hospital infection strategies are often geared more towards responding to microorganism or endemic pathogens, with bioterrorism lower on the list of concerns. Yet, healthcare workers are often the first responders in the event of a bioterrorism attack. Further investment in preparedness, awareness, and training can greatly reduce the mortality rate, and economic impact in the event of a bioterrorist attack.... Continue reading »
Strategies and Protocols to Minimize Infectious Disease Outbreak Severity with an Effective Containment System
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.
By implementing an effective temporary containment protocol, the level of dust decreases along with other materials generated by projects that can spread and harm susceptible patients. Facilities should partner with highly skilled ICRA Class III-IV trained contractors that have experience in high-risk environments and the installation and management of proper barrier systems.... Continue reading »
In healthcare facilities (some over 900,000 square feet), renovations are generally done in phases to ensure that daily operations continue during construction. Contractors commonly use temporary walls to isolate compromised areas in a healthcare environment to perform remediation and renovation. However, traditional containment solutions such as plastic sheeting and drywall barriers have proved to be time-consuming, expensive, disruptive, and often ineffective. Innovative healthcare organizations and contractors are turning to new solutions to reduce labor costs and downtime between healthcare construction phases.... Continue reading »
In recent years, several hospitals in Pittsburgh, PA. have seen the death of patients due to mold-related issues. Mold is highly dangerous to patients and can be life-threatening to patients with suppressed immune systems.
Hospitals need a solution for keeping patients protected upon identifying compromised areas and during renovations and remediation. Hospital staff has a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, to follow procedures and take precautions to protect both patients and staff in the event of an outbreak. General contractors or restoration companies are generally brought in for remediation and renovation of compromised spaces. Temporary containment systems that exceed ICRA Class IV requirements are necessary to isolate these high-risk areas.... Continue reading »