In Canada, an estimated 250,000 patients a year acquire hospital (nosocomial) infections resulting in 8,000 to 12,000 deaths a year. Of these, 5% (or 400 to 600 deaths) are thought to occur as a direct result of construction-related activities. If you administer, manage or maintain a health care facility, you need to be concerned about nosocomial infections – which pose a particular threat to infants, the sick, and the elderly.
Industry practice is to follow CSA Standard Z317.13-07, Infection Control during Construction, Renovation, and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities.
Senior administrators, directors, facility managers, maintenance managers, architects, engineers, infection control professionals are obligated to maintain clean conditions within occupied areas of health care facilities to reduce the risk of nosocomial infections. Adequate precautions should be taken to ensure that debris created during construction, renovation and maintenance work is contained and cleaned up in order to protect the health of patients, staff, and visitors.
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