Direct rainwater into the ground rather than sewer drains.
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Healthcare facilities are continuously filled with vendor employees performing necessary work. This includes elevator technicians, painters, flooring contractors, plumbers, electricians and more – all without functional knowledge of how their work can negatively affect an immune-compromised patient. More than 50 percent of all Aspergillus, spp. related hospital acquired infections (HAIs), which are contracted due to common molds attached to dust particles, are caused by maintenance or construction related work.
In an effort to reduce the overwhelming number of HAIs that occur annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that ALL personnel working in a healthcare facility have infection control training. The following crucial steps should be followed by all vendors working in the facility to reduce the impact of vendor-related HAIs in healthcare systems and maximize patient health.
Imagine the following scenario occurring in your facility:
Contractor employees are working near a Radiology Suite without proper barriers and engineering controls. As they work, they disrupt a debris cart-cover made of fabric that has not been cleaned in over a month. The bacteria and fungi that had been carried on the cover now travel through the air and attach to medical instruments, lab coats and other items that will come into contact with patients throughout the hospital. Although the contractors were following protocol, they did not know how infections are spread and consequently did not take the necessary precautions to protect patients. Even the smallest amount of migrating dust can severely harm patients, especially those who have weakened immune systems, and result in the development of an HAI or even death.
An alarming five percent of all hospital stays result in readmissions due to infections that patients acquire in the healthcare facility. HAIs are widely seen as preventable and often caused by hospital conditions or human error. Each year, HAIs are costing healthcare facilities more than $30 billion and are, more importantly, claiming 99,000 lives – that’s 271 deaths each day. To reduce the risk of HAIs, which are now claiming more lives annually than AIDs, breast cancer and car accidents combined, all vendors should become familiar with and follow these crucial tips in preventing vendor-related HAIs.
Thom Wellington is the co-founder of Infection Control University and CEO of Wellington Environmental. Reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you read this, spring has sprung, the risk of frozen sprinkler pipes has subsided; your heating budget is likely used up, and at some point very soon if not already done, you need to ensure the air conditioning is in working condition. Hopefully, you just completed a bunch of lighting upgrades and added some interior films on the southwest facing windows to reduce your AC load this season.
May is a perfect time of year to plan heating energy efficiency improvements to get completed before next winter. It is a bit late to have a contractor perform infrared imaging of your facilities to determine which buildings are the highest priority for air sealing obvious holes and adding insulation, however if you simply compile your fuel and energy bills from the past year or two and evaluate the amount of BTUs consumed per square foot within your buildings, you can often develop a good priority listing.
Whether or not you participate in a program sponsored by your state or local utility, it almost always makes economic sense to:
Looking for more ways to boost efficiency in your facility? The Energy Star benchmarking tools, found at the Energy Star website are an ideal place to start, because they can help you develop a picture of how your facility performs compared to similar facilities.
Follow this link: http://theboc.info/blog/?p=2027 to complete the accompanying quiz and earn a maintenance point to renew your BOC credential.
William A. Turner, MS, PE, is the CEO of Turner Building Science & Design, LLC and is a Senior Vice President in the H.L. Turner Group Inc. Reach him via email at email@example.com or by phone at 800-439-3446.
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