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Construction work in a healthcare facility such as a hospital, or other occupied
facilities such as office buildings and schools may require special procedures,
equipment and precautions for performing the work. Construction, renovation and
demolition activities can affect hospital patients, visitors and can even cause new
infections. Dust from construction, renovation and demolition activities can be a
hazard for patients, healthcare workers, and visitors. Dust is especially a risk for
patients with compromised immune systems.
To help prevent further injury from construction dust, hospitals use a system
patients, staff, and visitors during a construction project. The ICRA will determine
the level of barriers, dust control, cleaning, and patient protective apparel you
must use during your construction project. You may have to build barriers,
maintain negative air pressure inside your work area, or use special air filtering
equipment. You may have to put up a temporary plastic sheeting barrier while
you build a long-term rigid barrier behind it. The ICRA may require you to spend
more time putting up barriers to isolate your work area than it takes to actually
perform the work.
Purpose of the instructor guide
This guide is designed to provide instructors/trainers with the information needed to
successfully conduct the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Awareness training.
Instructor Guide - Includes:
Thumbnails and numbers of corresponding PowerPoint slides
Notes for each slide
PowerPoint slides - Include:
It takes approximately 6- 8 hours to complete the ICRA Awareness training. The
schedule has flexibility built into it to allow for site specific information to be included.
Site specific information may include PowerPoints and written materials provided by the
employer of the hospital administration.
Preparing for Class
Set up an LCD projector and computer. Click through the PowerPoint to ensure
equipment is working properly.
Each participant should have an application, participant manual, course evaluation, note
is being distributed to them at the beginning of the course so they can write down their
comments and suggestions as the class is being conducted.
Distribute a pre-test to each participant and tell them this is designed to help you
be graded or used to determine if a participant passes the course. The pre-test should
not take more than 10 minutes to complete. Collect the pre-tests and determine what
information participants already know and what they don’t know. Discard the pre
when you are done reviewing them.
Set up the mobile containment cube to make sure all parts are available and working.
Disassemble the containment cube and place out of the way of the classroom. The
participants will construct the containment cube as part of their hands-on activities.
Collect samples of other materials used on ICRA construction projects; sticky mats,
in the classroom for demonstration/show and tell.