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Tool
August 2015 Tool
This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with ideas on how to address the issue of hand hygiene and infection control in facility design.
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.
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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.
October 2015 Related Resource
This list of resources is made of up of articles, books, policies, organizations, and more, related to infection control.  Use this list to learn more about this topic.
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Interview
August 2015 Interview

Learn about: the three main ways pathogens are spread in a healthcare facility, why infection control specialists and designers need to work as a team for best results and ​why more research is needed to determine the impact of specific design features on infection control.

 

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Webinar
June 2014 Webinar
This presentation provides information on the current incidence of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals and design & construction considerations that can help prevent these outcomes. Examples of published outbreaks related to design and construction activity are provided. In addition, specific examples of design options and construction risk mitigation measures will be reviewed. 
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Design Strategies
July 2015 Design Strategies
Overview

Hand hygiene is the single most important component of healthcare-associated infection prevention. The physical environment plays a key role in promoting hand hygiene. Effective hand hygiene strategies integrate environmental, personal, and organizational/operational elements.    

 

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Lessons Learned
June 2015 Lessons Learned

The following are compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of infection control.  

Project Brief
March 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: the interdisciplinary infection control working group created to guide design decisions, the methods used to protect individuals from infection during the construction process, and the design strategies implemented in the new facility to reduce the spread of infections.