Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | J U LY/AUGUST 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 23 Designing to maximize effectiveness of personal protective equipment to keep HAIs at bay BY ROLAND BINKER When the Ebola virus was reported in the United States in 2014, the severity of the disease shifted attention to the need for proper use of personal protective equipment in hospitals. During that crisis, the process of personal protection in hospitals became a major topic of discussion including: > Identifying protocols and confi rming that staff follow protocol > Placement of PPE > Proper procedures for donning (putting on) PPE > Maintaining PPE when interacting with the patient > Proper procedures for doffi ng (taking off ) PPE, including protocols for disposing of PPE items Hospital-acquired infections continue to be a challenge and PPE remains the fi rst line of defense. While integration of PPE into the design of hospitals supports staff eff orts to maintain infection control protocols, there is pressure on the facility design team to compromise PPE locations. As hospitals seek more effi cient ways to leverage clinicians, emphasis is placed on visibility of the patient from outside the room. Typically, glazing near the room entrance is maximized. The trade- off is that wall space is limited and PPE items are forced away from the room entrance. INFECTION PREVENTION

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