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White Paper Details Infection Control Challenges Hospitals Must Address During Construction

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 General News J E 4
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NEEDHAM, Mass., Nov. 18 Hospitals and healthcareinstitutions are challenged to devise policies and procedures that allowconstruction projects to take place while maintaining Environment of Care (EC)standards. A free white paper that addresses these challenges is available fordownload at: http://www.eheinc.com/infectioncontrol.htm.

The white paper, titled "Infection Control in the Healthcare EnvironmentDuring Construction," details the process required to establish hospitalcompliance with The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) while maintaining a highlevel of patient care services and critical institution functions.

The white paper will discuss the steps involved in ensuring infectioncontrol during hospital construction projects, including how to:

-- Create a construction oversight panel

-- Select which departments and personnel should be on the panel

-- Incorporate Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) elements intoconstruction documents

-- Establish clear-cut project phases.

Authored by Dennis Tremblay, CFPS, a Senior Scientist at EH&E(http://www.eheinc.com), a Needham, Mass.-based environmental, health, safety,and engineering consulting firm, the white paper is based on the experiencesof EH&E personnel while working with leading hospitals and healthcareinstitutions nationwide.

This white paper reviews the applicable Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO)standards and American Institute of Architects (AIA) guidelines, and describesa field-tested, successful solution for maintaining Infection Control RiskAssessment (ICRA) documentation. The paper will be interesting and informativeto all those responsible for maintaining environmental health and safetycompliance in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

To download the free white paper, "Infection Control in the HealthcareEnvironment During Construction," visithttp://www.eheinc.com/infectioncontrol.htm.

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range ofenvironmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. The EH&E teamconsists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providingbusiness-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&Ehas a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and ourwealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource forour clients. EH&E's new series of eH&E web compliance solutions(http://www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm) is just the latest example ofour continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a widerrange of companies.Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.John Spenglerhttps://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=73307

SOURCE EH&E
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