Managing the long-term costs of infection control begins with your building blueprint.

Is your infection control plan future focused? Institutions must ensure facilities are code and regulatory compliant system-wide at all times – not just in times of outbreak. In the wake of 2015 concerns over the spread of highly infectious diseases, hospitals and healthcare organizations are taking a more proactive approach to better prepare facilities for potential pandemics and viral outbreaks. And it turns out that the initial design of your hospital can help. Medical Construction & Design reports:

In the early stages of a healthcare project, owners and representatives should always keep the future facility’s day-to-day operations in mind when value-engineering changes to the design. During design review and value-engineering sessions, it’s imperative that decision-makers refrain from cutting certain features of the mechanical and electrical systems that will enhance infection control once the facility is up and running.

Technology also has a rising role in controlling outbreaks. Real-time locating systems (RTLS) can alert staff when protocol has not been followed to help stop the root of infection outbreak – for example, when an infected patient has left a safe location, or when hand-washing protocols have not been followed. Additionally, integrated technologies such as real-time locating systems, building management system controls and environmental disinfection systems create “situational awareness” that helps staff respond to patients’ needs more quickly and efficiently.

Delve into the full details about preventive infection control in the complete article at Medical Construction & Design.