As hospitals and LTC facilities age or seek ways to improve their patient care capabilities, there is often an increase in construction and maintenance activities. During these projects, the IP must remain focused on patient safety and the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA).
This session will cover procedures that are essential to assuring patient safety during construction and maintenance activities. Topics to be discussed will include everything from completing an ICRA permit to how to conduct project rounding to identify what is right and what is wrong. This session will also briefly cover the use of a handheld particle counter that can be of benefit to the IP during a construction project. Discussions will revolve around how a particle counter can be used to enhance construction project rounding and monitoring. You will learn how to:
Describe how to plan and implement construction containment based on the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) and ICRA permit.
Conduct construction project rounding with the confidence and education needed to solve problems.
Demonstrate the benefits of using a handheld particle counter.
B.S. MT, ASCP,
Improvement Specialist, Infection Prevention/Construction,
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Corporate Services
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