Hospital Construction is different
Today’s healthcare construction
market consists of both new
construction and renovation. When
we think of hospital construction, we
are also talking about renovation and
demolition. During the course, when
we say “hospital construction” we
really are discussing any one of
these construction activities.
ASK THE CLASS:
What’s the difference between doing hospital construction and regular
Write the participant responses on a whiteboard or flipchart.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTOR NOTES
In case participants cannot think of any differences, below are some examples
you can use to get them thinking:
1. Hospitals cannot shut down for construction. They have to operate 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
2. Nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff may be working around you.
3. Patients may be close to your activities.
4. The pace on a normal construction project is typically fast paced with the
goal of finishing the project as fast as possible.
Rules regarding how construction workers behave.
Working on a hospital project has
different rules than normal
construction. Because you are
working around staff, patients and
visitor, our behavior has to be
respectful. Remember, being in a
hospital is already stressful so we do
not want to add to the stress level.
Divide the participants into 3 or 4
groups. Tell them to designate
one person to write down the group’s responses on a piece of flip chart
ASK THE CLASS:
What behaviors do you think construction workers need to follow when working in
Tell the groups they have about 5 minutes to write down as many ideas they can
come up with. Remind them to write their list on the flip chart.
Check in after 5 minutes. If they groups are done proceed to the next step. If the
groups are still working, give them 1 more minute.
Go around the room and ask each group to read one item from their list.
There are special hospital rules to comply with.
Along with specific behaviors to
special rules construction workers
need to follow. These rules are put
into place to minimize the disruption
construction workers can have on
the hospital staff, patients and
Keeping the participants in the same groups:
ASK THE CLASS:
What specific rules do you think construction workers need to follow when
working in a hospital?
Tell the groups they have about 5 minutes to write down as many ideas
they can come up with. Remind them to write their list on the flip chart.
Only park in designated areas
parking may be limited and the hospital
will want its staff, patients and visitors to have the best spots.
Requirements to wear ID badges
security is important and the hospital
will want to make sure authorized workers are easily identifiable.
Specific paths through the building for workers, materials, and debris
certain hallways, elevators, etc.
Emergency exit routes
you will need to become familiar with the
The restrooms you can use
the hospital may not allow you to use
specific bathrooms. They may require you to use specific ones only.
these may be reserved
amount of exposure patients and visitors have with the construction folks.
Whether you can use their public cafeteria
this again is a way to limit the
amount of interaction between you and the hospital.
Break area locations
the hospital may specify where you can take
breaks. They may set aside a separate break room for the workers.
Your job requires a level of confidentiality.
NOTES FOR SLIDE 13
Working around file cabinets or
computer workstations that contain
patients’ medical records creates a
legal hazard under HIPAA. HIPAA
Portability and Accountability Act of
1996, a federal law which requires
healthcare providers to maintain the
security and confidentiality of patients’ health information.
Do not share anything you see or hear at a hospital!
You may have to sign the hospital’s internal HIPAA confidentiality policy.
Contact the hospital staff if you see medical records in your work area. You
and/or your employer could be sued if you are involved in a privacy violation.
There are specific hospital alarms you need to be aware
NOTES FOR SLIDE 14
Only show the title of the
slide “There are
specific hospital alarms you need
to be aware of.”
Explain to the class that they need to
become familiar with the hospital