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Infection Control During Construction

Bacterial and fungal pathogens colonize all buildings, including hospitals. These pathogens may be found in high numbers:

  • In walls
  • Under floors
  • Above ceilings

When walls, floors, or ceilings are disturbed during construction work, these pathogens may be disturbed and dispersed.

Once dispersed, these pathogens can cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

HAIs take a high toll. According to the CDC, as many as 1.7 million people are infected by HAIs and 99,000 people die each year from HAIs in the United States alone.

This course has been designed to help you prevent HAI during construction work.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify common construction-related pathogens
  • List patient populations vulnerable to opportunistic infection
  • Recall the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) process
  • Identify strategies for preventing construction-related infection