Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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Page 57 of 78 September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 53 control issue associated with the collection of soiled linen. A recent literature review performed by a bio-aerosol expert, concluded that "bed linens can harbor microbes, including potential pathogens" and that "microbes can be transported through the air and by touch during the routine handling and transport of soiled linen." 1 Emerging infection control data taken from soiled rooms and at the bottom of chutes shows much higher exposure risk to potential airborne pathogens compared to other hospital areas. When soiled linen is agitated as it is pushed onto and off of shared service elevators, the risk rises of cross-contamination with clean supplies, dietary and a vulnerable patient population. As demand climbs for improved infection control, cleanliness, effi ciency and aesthetics in hospitals, the tightening of EVS staff resources is creating an unsustainable gap between expectations and reality. Automated waste removal systems An attractive solution for many healthcare facilities in design or under construction is the incorporation of pneumatic waste, recycling and soiled linen collection and transport systems as part of infrastructure. These facilities are moving beyond traditional manual methods of collecting and transporting waste and soiled linen. Challenges with manual methods include the need for a large number of carts, which consumes space on patient fl oors, in the halls and at the dock, as well as a heavy reliance upon elevators for vertical transport. Additionally, substantial square footage is dedicated to staging rooms on patient fl oors and unplanned intermediate holding areas hospitalwide. All of these manual

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