Healthcare facilities are some of the most complex and heavily regulated of any building type. The broad span of spaces inside these buildings encompasses everything from patient rooms to emergency facilities, laboratories to cafeterias to offices, and more.
Perpetual advances to technology paired with a growing list of codes and compliance regulations generate a constant need for existing facility renovations and new facility construction.
With the vast majority of hospitals funding renovations and expansions (74%), most facilities continue to operate through the duration of the construction process. Patients, staff, and visitors are often in close proximity to active construction where, “the risk for contamination with health care construction is present and, therefore, it is essential that construction personnel be well-trained to identify and mitigate the risk,” say researchers from the recent study, “Renovation in hospitals: Training construction crews to work in health care facilities,” published by the American Journal of Infection Control, which surveyed a total of 129 respondents working in various roles at the top 15 U.S. healthcare contractor firms.
The question is, how do we educate healthcare construction workers on how to work around everyday activities, mitigate any unexpected construction emergencies, while safely and effectively getting their work done?