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Infection control and prevention has been a critical consideration in the design and construction of the healthcare-built environment for decades and given what we have experienced throughout the Covid pandemic, it remains a top priority. Implementing some of the latest best practices in the physical healthcare environment can help to minimize their impact—and help to produce the best outcomes for patients, families and staff.
This intensive and interactive workshop will explore new and evolving approaches to infection control through new design innovations, clinical methods, technologies, and protocols. Attendees will participate in an interactive forum lead by industry experts including infection preventionists, environmental services leaders, facility managers, industry partners, and design specialists and will explore the importance of integrating the available options to continually improve outcomes and mitigate the risk of infection.
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Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions
Shari Solomon, Esq.
Industrial Hygienist & President
CleanHealth Environmental, LLC
Opening Keynote — State of the Practice for Infection Control and Prevention
Komal K. Jain
Center for Biocide Chemistries
Komal will provide an overview of the antimicrobial industry and the products that CBC members manufacture and distribute to the healthcare industry. Ms. Jain will focus, in particular, on the important role that disinfectants play in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of infectious germs and how antimicrobial preservatives protect facilities and equipment from microbial spoilage.
Molly M. Scanlon, PhD, FAIA, FACHA
Director of Standards, Compliance and Research
Since 1965, patients in healthcare settings have been impacted by healthcare associated infections from waterborne pathogens and construction activities. Current codes and standards require infection prevention and control practitioners and other members of water safety teams to implement mitigation strategies to reduce risk from waterborne pathogens and construction activities. However, there are limited tools available suggesting how to conduct a water management for construction ICRA to reduce risk from poor water quality in building water distribution systems.
Presentation — Buildings, Occupant Health, and Antibacterial Resistance
Stephanie Taylor, MD, M Arch, CIC, FRSPH(UK)
CEO and Founder
Dr. Taylor will show how a medically-based approach to managing the indoor environment can reveal the most effective and resource-efficient steps to optimize occupant health and decrease the threat of microbial pathogens such as COVID-19. Attend this webinar to learn about the power of the indoor environment to keep humans safe and healthy during COVID-19 and beyond.
Audience Q&A with Stephanie
Presentation — Quantitative Techniques for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Johns Hopkins University, Department of Civil and Systems Engineering
This presentation will describe Infection De-escalation Quantitative Techniques and establish a framework on which to evaluate a clinic or hospital's baseline healthcare associated infection incidence rates. Optimization techniques are applied to evaluate how to most effectively apply infection mitigation measures and minimize costs.
Next, the Hospital Energy Analysis will be applied to evaluate both the efficacy of the mitigation and also evaluate the associated energy costs from applying infection mitigation measures. Infection mitigation measures discussed include: control of relative humidity, negatively-pressured treatment rooms, use of xenon-pulsed UV decontamination, and hand-washing measures. These frameworks are flexible and adaptable to facilitate application to any clinic, healthcare facility or healthcare system.
Day #1 Observations and Wrap Up
Day #2 Welcome — Observations & Reflections
Join workshop faculty to reflect on key take-aways from Day #1 and discuss their implications.
Keynote — Infection Prevention in the Built Environment — State of the Industry
In light of COVID, there have been significant advances surrounding Facility Operations & Maintenance in the healthcare space, including an enhanced focus on environmental hygiene and recognition of the vital role it plays in infection control. Ms. Solomon will provide a summary of the current CDC Guidelines as well as a review of emerging technologies regarding cleaning and disinfection, air filtration, and facility maintenance.
Panel Discussion — Healthcare Materials & Surfaces Selections and Implications for Infection Control & Prevention
Barbara Dellinger, MA, FIIDA, EDAC, CHID, CID, NCIDQ
AAHID Board of Directors, President
Andrea V Hyde, NCIDQ, MDCID, HCID
Senior Project Manager – Interiors
Stanford Health Care – Planning Design + Construction
Teri Lura Bennett, RN, CHID, EDAC, NIHD, IIDA
Sandy Goodman, IIDA, CHID, LEED AP, EDAC, LSSBB
Audience Q&A with Barbara, Andrea, Teri and Sandy
Presentation — Lessons in Resilience — A New Safety-Focused Bed Tower Adapts to the Pandemic
Project Architect & Associate
Christine Basiliere, RNC, BSN, MBA
Vice President Workforce Strategy and Support Services
The 7-story Sharp Chula Vista Ocean View Tower opened on January 14, 2020, just a few days after the Centers for Disease Control had confirmed the first COVID-19 case in the United States. The Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Team will share how they modified their new bed tower and its design for the sixth-floor shell, which was planned and designed to meet High Reliability Organization (HRO) standards, to address the COVID-19 crisis so soon after opening.
Day #2 Observations and Wrap Up