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Key Principles of Infection Control in Healthcare Flooring

Session Description

Hospitals, clinics and other patient-care facilities are designed to aid in the care and healing of sick and injured people; however, these facilities can also present a source of possible contamination and infection that can affect both staff and patients. In this course, participants will learn how properly designed flooring and wall systems can improve hygiene and health, and understand how testing and innovations make it possible for designers to create inherently safer spaces in healthcare. The A&D community is increasingly utilizing an evidence-based approach to design. Evidence-based medicine relies on objective, repeatable data derived from studies and clinical trials to make decisions on appropriate medical procedures and care. Similarly, evidence-based design relies on data and measurable results from a clinical, operational, and business perspective to make design decisions in the built environment. And where verifiable data does not yet exist, designers may use rational inference to determine the best courses of action and design decisions.


Learning objectives:

  • Understand how flooring and wall systems can reduce exposure to infections
  • Learn the science regarding surface contamination
  • Understand the ISO testing systems that measure bio-hazards and their impact on healthcare systems
  • Look at integrated systems that can simplify maintenance and reduce bacterial and viral contamination

Presenter: Paul McKinney, Healthcare Segment Director, Gerflor USA

EDAC Course ID:
May 1, 2024 to May 1, 2027
Class Frequency:
Lecture/Educational Session