The design and development of a new hospital should involve infection control specialists

An IP can use their expertise to make decisions that will result in cost savings and improved design flow.

Infection Preventers (IPs) have a unique and valuable knowledge base that should be consulted and valued when designing and fitting out a new healthcare facility. However, too often, IPs and their knowledge are overlooked. Therefore, IPs should advocate having a seat at the design table.

“In on the ground floor: Involving IP in New Hospital Design and Development,” was a presentation given by Rachel E Frederick, MPH, BSN, RN, CIC, infection preventionist at Inova Health System, Alexandria, Virginia, at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2022 Annual Conference, held June 13-15, 2022, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Frederic sat down with Infection Control Today® (ICT®) to discuss the key points of his presentation. “We have to argue for our seat at the table from day one. We can’t be brought in the moment they’re getting ready to leave with that hammer. They’re getting ready to tear down that wall, we need to be involved in those design decisions,” Frederick said. ICT®. “Because it’s so critical and we have such deep cross-contamination knowledge. [like] the transition from clean to dirty. We can use and leverage this expertise to make decisions that will make things easier and often cheaper in the long run. »

Frederick also insisted on not letting a PI’s experience — or lack thereof — keep him from advocating for and contributing to the design of the facility. “I’m not a super experienced IP; I only have a few years under my belt. Yet, I was able to participate in these meetings with my knowledge base. And even though there were meetings that I left saying, “I don’t know, but let me answer you,” it allowed me to learn and be open to learning about new domains and made me a better IP in the long run. Course. So whether you have 40 years of experience or just 2 years of experience, you still deserve to be at the table from day one. So defend it.

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