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    Design Strategies
    June 2019 Design Strategies
    Evidence based on primary research and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), and The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), among others, can help guide critical infection prevention decisions in a range of healthcare settings. The following strategies, gathered through a review of the literature, should be considered throughout the material selection and specification stages.
    Tool
    June 2019 Tool
    This tool provides an overview of cleaning mechanisms (i.e., processes and/or technologies) and material characteristics, which in turn may influence materials selection and specification.
    Tool
    June 2019 Tool
    This tool details each stakeholder’s role and responsibilities. Use this tool as a guide when building your own infection prevention team to ensure a common understanding of each team member’s contributions.
    Issue Brief
    June 2019 Issue Brief
    As part of the infection control toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about, high-touch and soft surfaces and their effect on antimicrobial behavior, different cleaning mechanisms and their impact on surfaces, and an approach for structuring infection prevention teams during the design process. 
    Issue Brief
    June 2019 Issue Brief
    As part of the infection control toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about, the role of surfaces in the chain of transmission and the epidemiology of infections, environmental conditions that affect the growth and transmission of pathogens, and cleaning and disinfecting strategies.
    Blog
    January 2016 Blog
    The healthcare community has recently come clean on an important fact: patient perception of your hospital’s cleanliness may impact their overall view of your facility much more than you’d think. The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey provides patients an important avenue through which to share their views of your hospital’s cleaning practices. Many patients will also use their impression of your physical environment’s look and cleanliness to judge the quality of care they receive.
    Executive Summary
    April 2015 Executive Summary
    Learn about: the importance of hand hygiene in improving safety, quality, and economic impact, a systems approach to hand hygiene that integrates environmental, operational, and personal factors for infection prevention, and a new, effective, and easy-to-implement hand hygiene measures.
    Issue Brief
    April 2015 Issue Brief
    As part of the infection prevention toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the importance of hand hygiene in improving safety, quality, and economic impact, a systems approach to hand hygiene that integrates environmental, operational, and personal factors for infection prevention, and new, effective, and easy-to-implement hand hygiene measures.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to create a standard process that facilitates appropriate hand washing practice prior to caregiver interaction with the patient.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2011 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to improve infection control flow patterns and to reduce surgery room turn around time.