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Tip of the week: Keeping infection control compliance during construction

Hospital Safety Insider, December 22, 2011

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Renovations and construction projects can lead infection control professionals to fret. Here are some tips to keep everyone in compliance:

  • Consider hiring a consultant to work with the hospital's IC committee. If you have a complex ­project, bringing in a consultant can sometimes save you time and money, says Wayne Hansen, PE, REA, CEM, principal, Hansen Cronbel Consulting Group.. You may want to consider a consultant to help when you are renovating those high-risk areas.
  • Establish clearly designated pathways through your facility for use by construction workers. Determine your access patterns. For instance, you may decide to put a barrier down the middle of a corridor: one side designated for your contractor and the other for patients and staff.
  • You may designate one elevator for construction use. But set up those egress paths in advance. You don't want a worker with an open wheelbarrow going through a clean, sterile area.

Find more tips at the Hospital Safety Center.



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