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Contamination Containment: How Lean Design can be used to prevent infection spread in hospitals

Last year made it abundantly clear that infection prevention and control in hospitals is paramount to slow the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain a surplus of unoccupied hospital beds. While COVID-19 is at the top of our collective minds, other looming threats such as MRSA, and thousands more documented and unknown zoonotic diseases, mean it’s imperative for hospitals to get a handle on infection control protocols now, in order to prepare for whatever the future brings. Read More …

Preventing the Spread: Upping the ante on infection control in healthcare construction

Now more than a year into the pandemic, the healthcare construction industry is continuing its transition from reacting to adapting and innovating. One aspect of healthcare construction especially impacted by COVID-19 has been infection control.  Read More …

Reducing Risk: Rethinking healthcare design and operations to improve infection control

Infection control in hospitals and healthcare facilities has historically been focused on reducing the spread of pathogenic microorganisms from patient to patient, or from staff to patient, to reduce the impact of hospital-acquired or healthcare-associated infections. Over the last decade, there has been an increasing focus on preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as the seasonal flu within hospitals and healthcare facilities; however, this has taken place primarily through operational measures rather than facility design strategies. Read More …

Guidance Released on HVAC Controls for Healthcare Facilities

The American Society for Health Care Engineering, and the Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Command, have created a new document that provides a literature review of recommended practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Read More …

CDC to Address COVID-19 Impact on Legionnaires’ Disease, Present New Prevention Tools at Legionella Conference

Two speakers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will headline a virtual special session of the annual Legionella Conference on March 9-10. “Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens During an Emergent Health Crisis” will feature Read More …

STARC Systems Accelerates Manufacturing of Temporary Isolation Solutions Before CARES Act Expires

STARC Systems, a manufacturer of temporary modular wall containment solutions used for occupied renovations and instant isolation, is accelerating its manufacturing process to accommodate healthcare facilities of any size looking to apply CARES Act funds to their order before the Act expires on Read More …

New Guidebook Provides Recommendations to Address HVAC Systems for Alternative Care Sites

As many communities are setting up alternative care sites in response to spikes in COVID-19, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force announced the availability of the Alternate Care Site HVAC Guidebook, which was developed by the ASHRAE Alternate Care Sites Task Force. Read More …

How Hospitals Can Prepare for Future of Higher Acuity Care

America’s hospitals are managing care for increasingly sick patients—and not just because of rising cases of COVID-19.

Since outpatient services began moving out of downtown hospital towers decades ago and into medical office buildings, standalone surgery centers and even strip malls, hospitals have been tasked with Read More …

Daylighting Materials + ‘New Norm’ for Healthcare Infection Control

Proper daylighting is a fundamental component in all great buildings. It offers a window to the exterior, increases occupant productivity and, if done properly, reduces building energy and operational costs. Studies have shown that healthcare occupancies benefit from great daylighting through decreased lengths of Read More …

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