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Infection Control Risk Assessment: Best Practices in Healthcare Facilities

 


Construction ICRA Best Practices is an innovative program that provides patient-focused training for Carpenters and other trades working in hospitals, medical facilities or other occupied spaces. This set of best practices helps prevent the spread of disease and infection during construction at healthcare facilities. ICRA instructors also offer training opportunities to healthcare facility staff.

In a medical facility, the number one priority is patient safety. When construction starts on a hospital or other occupied medical building, it is critical the work crew shares that same priority. By hiring ICRA-certified carpenters, medical facilities are furthering their commitments to patient and staff safety, and minimizing hospital acquired infections. 

Stopping the Chain of Infection
There are 1.7 million hospital acquired infections a year, with over 100,000 of those resulting in death. Without ICRA training, hospital construction projects lacking proper protocols contribute to these statistics.

Patient Safety
Patients safety is critically compromised when untrained workers begin construction improperly, sending airborne pathogens and possibly mold into the ventilation system.

Professional Communication
Efficient and effective communication between medical staff and Carpenters is critical on job sites near patients. Through the ICRA program, construction workers communicate closely with hospital infection prevention experts throughout the project.

ICRA Works!
Over 360 hospital facilities already require contractors to use ICRA certified workers when completing construction and renovation ensuring work is done quickly, competently and safely. Over 1,500 hospitals staff have taken the 8-Hour Awareness Training.

 

 

"As an Infection Preventionist, it is an honor to work with IKORCC and UBC. Their commitment to training their members (and our hospital staff) is overwhelming. They truly share our passion for keeping patients safe from infection." Patti Mancos Methodist Hospitals.

 

IKORCC carpenters trained in this program have superior skills needed to contain pathogens, protect patients, and work without disrupting operations - all while keeping a project on schedule. To receive certification, Carpenters must complete a 24-hour hands-on course. Other trades must complete an 8-hour awareness course. Keeping the Best Practices credentials requires ongoing refresher courses and re-certification every four years.

The program's content is a product of collaboration between veteran construction instructors and healthcare facility experts who focus on construction practices in the healthcare facility industry. This comprehensive and hands-on training ensures patients, staff and visitors stay safe during hospital construction and renovation.

  • Controlling contaminants and infections agents
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Building and maintaining hard wall and soft wall barriers
  • Designated routes for workers and materials
  • Effective interaction with hospital personnel
  • Establishing a negative-pressure environment
  • Facility awareness
  • Hazmat materials and recognition
  • Breaking the chain of infection
  • Worker Responsibilities to patients 

"At Pangere Corporation we keep hospital patients, staff and the public safe from infectious diseases by implementing ICRA Best Practices at all our hospital construction. Our team includes infection prevention officers, healthcare administrators, physicians, nursing staff, architects, facilities management, project managers, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and our employees. Patients are dependent on this team and are entitled to excellent care. Part of this care is delivered through our commitment to stopping the spread of infection." Steve Pangere President and CEO, Pangere Corporation