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NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Hospitals and healthcare institutions are challenged to devise policies and procedures that allow construction projects to take place while maintaining Environment of Care (EC) standards. A free white paper that addresses these challenges is available for download at: http://www.eheinc.com/infectioncontrol.htm.
The white paper, "Infection Control in the Healthcare Environment During Construction," details the process required to establish hospital compliance with The Joint Commission while maintaining a high level of patient care services and critical institution functions.
The white paper will discuss the steps involved in ensuring infection control during hospital construction projects, including how to:
-- Create a construction oversight panel
-- Select which departments and personnel should be on the panel
-- Incorporate Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) elements into construction documents
-- Establish clear-cut project phases.
Authored by Dennis Tremblay, CFPS, a senior scientist at EH&E, a Needham, Mass.-based environmental, health, safety, and engineering consulting firm, the white paper is based on the experiences of EH&E personnel while working with leading hospitals and healthcare institutions nationwide.
This white paper reviews the applicable Joint Commission standards and American Institute of Architects (AIA) guidelines, and describes a field-tested, successful solution for maintaining Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) documentation.