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Environmental Infection Control Compliance Testing
Environmental Infection Control Compliance
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, building air quality, the quality of maintenance, the materials and procedures used in operating and maintaining the facility are critical in preventing IAQ problems and disease transmission. "Three types of engineering controls are used to prevent the transmission of infections in health care facilities: ventilation, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration, and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. In isolation rooms, ventilation systems are necessary to maintain negative pressure and to exhaust the air properly. These systems can also be designed to minimize the spread of infectious diseases in other areas of the health care facility. HEPA filters are special filters that can be used in ventilation systems to help remove droplet nuclei from the air... HEPA filters and UVGI should be used in conjunction with other infection control measures." "A building operation schedule is basically a daily/weekly/monthly schedule of each individual HVAC component compiled together in a comprehensive whole. This allows for cross comparison of different components schedules and synchronization. It is imperative that your operations schedule reflect actual use of your building, ensuring that the HVAC system is providing ventilation during all periods of significant occupancy. It is important that this schedule be written and comprehensive, so that there is a "one-stop" reference that is complete, easily updated and accessible to all who need it."
The CEPro team is very familiar with CDC and ASHRAE guidelines regarding ventilation standards and requirements for Hospital Function Space, and we have the experience and expertise to inspect and make viable recommendations for your facility.
With the recent threats of Ebola and other exotic diseases, it is of the upmost importance for you to be prepared to handle incoming patients while ensuring the maximum safety for your staff and other patients.
Our team will perform and in-depth inspection of your facility; CEPro can offer you the following bundled services or any combination that is appropriate for your facility and budget:
Doors & latches are checked for proper operation
Doors and seals are checked for proper fit and quality
Door sweeps are adjusted and checked for proper operation
Automatic door closers are checked
Room diffusers are clean & operating properly
Ceiling tiles are checked for leakage and proper fit
Smoke test for visual room pressurization confirmation
Room air patterns are verified to prevent "short cycling"
Room is checked for proper labeling and pressure indication
Room is compared to original drawing (if available) and modifications are documented
Access doors are tagged and keys are checked for operation and availability
Sensor probes are cleaned and checked for proper installation
Verify or configure- negative or positive. NOTE: CDC no longer allows dual position of isolation rooms
Detailed parameters, i.e., w.c. or fpm
"Mute" or reset options at every location (nurses' station) or BAS
General appearance/damage identification
Alarm parameters and settings
Room layout w/pressures
Design and general operational check list (room data sheet)
Letter that details why the isolation room passed or failed certification
Certificate awarded for successful inspection
Test and Balance:
Test air volume for all supply and exhaust air entering and leaving the isolation room
Test isolation room pressurization to adjacent spaces, i.e., bathrooms, ante rooms, corridors
Measure cubic room volume to calculate air changes
Inspect room for Isolation requirements, i.e., supply/exhaust outlet/inlet locations; door seals/sweeps integrity; door closure (automatic closers, doors close completely/latches door closers operational); ceiling spaces sealed- no leakage from ceiling or adjacent spaces affecting pressurization
Adjustment airflow to achieve design requirements, pressurization or air changes
Final testing- airflow, pressurization and air changes
Certification documentation including any monitoring device setpoints and checkout
Once the Isolation Room has been inspected, CEPro will issue a report with its findings. After adjustments are made and remediation is suggested and implemented, a certificate will be issued that states that the inspected area meets CDC guidelines. CEPro assembles all test data for each room into a Certification Report Binder that includes all current test data as well as the history of services performed in that room. This binder provides a complete record of the history of each isolation room, making inspection by the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health), JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization) or any other agency very efficient and complete.
In addition, we can perform decontaminations, author SOPs and protocols, asses mechanical systems and offer turn-key remediation services.
...ensuring the function of your facility meets the requirements of your operations.