Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2015

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BY LAURIE WAGGENER I nfection and its prevention have been headline news for months as the deadly Ebola virus arrived in the United States ultimately killing two of its victims and infecting several caregivers. While grave public concern had pundits dispensing questionable medical advice and politicians making curious decisions, the medical community from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to clinical staf across the country to medical planners and healthcare designers were carefully reviewing infection control poli- cies, protocols and their implications. Even as national anxiety about Ebola abates, people within the healthcare community are taking advantage of this renewed awareness of the importance of prevention measures to educate each other, as well as the broader public on infection control. In medical settings of all variet- ies, infection transmission prevention is a constant, serious concern. Planners and designers are on the frontlines in the ef ort, working with clinicians and facilities staf on ways to improve prevention from pre- design programming through specifi cation. At the pre-design stage, the medical planning team is tasked with developing a program to accommodate the scope of the hospital's infection control goals. Whether it is as basic as providing suf cient num- bers of well-located sinks or as complex as accommodating a biocontainment unit, infection prevention has space implications. Taking the long, whole view CLEAN DESIGN Compass: Herman Miller, Inc.; Jersey Shore: Woodruff Brown Photography Top: Strategic placement of the hand-washing sink in Jersey Shore University Medical Center enables nurses to visualize the sink upon entering the room, while maintaining sight lines on patients during hand-hygiene practice. This elevation effi ciently addresses several challenges designers must answer within a small footprint such as: no-splash sinks and uncluttered work surfaces for sterile prep, as well as simplifi ed access to PPE equipment and safe access to biohazard waste disposal. MCDM AG.COM | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2015 | Medical Construction & Design 27

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