Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2015

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4. Secure entrance/exit Patients and deliveries enter the unit via a secure set of air-locked double doors at the primary entrance. A second pair of doors into the vestibule will not operate until the fi rst pair has closed. A keycard system grants access only to authorized personnel. 5. Waste handling Soiled materials, linens and lab samples leave the unit through a separate exit outfi tted with a specimen "dunk tank" and pass-through autoclave. All soiled items are placed in the autoclave, sterilized under high-pressure steam, and then put in boxes and hauled away to be incinerated. Lab specimens are disinfected in the chemical dunk tank before going to the hospital's central lab. 6. Cleanability The unit features washable walls and fl oor surfaces designed to withstand repeated cleansing with a bleach solution. INFECTION CONTROL ISSUE FOCUS The main entrance to the BPCU is secured and airlocked. The second door will not open until the fi rst has been shut. After being sanitized, soiled materials exit the autoclave on the "clean" side. Then materials are placed in boxes and taken offsite to be burned. Right: Soiled materials are placed in the autoclave and cleaned under high-pressure steam before leaving the unit. A pass-through dunk tank purifi es lab samples before they are sent to the hospital's central lab. 32 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2015 | MCDM AG.COM

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