Reusable infection control barriers ease hospital renovation

Clark Construction Group pilots the Edge Guard system on the Fair Oaks (Va.) Hospital reconstruction project.

August 23, 2016 |

Clark Construction crew members install an Edge Guard infection control panel at Fair Oaks (Va.) Hospital. The system is reusable and integrates ICRA barrier requirements, including pressure monitoring, notices, security, and filtration. Photo courtesy of Clark Construction.

One of the biggest issues in healthcare reconstruction is balancing the construction work with the hospital’s need to maintain 24/7 operations. As the nation’s 14th largest healthcare construction firm (according to BD+C’s 2016 Giants 300 rankings), Clark Construction Group is well versed in dust- and infection-control techniques. 

On a recent renovation project at Inova Health System’s Fair Oaks (Va.) Hospital, Clark pilot-tested a reusable infection-control barrier that greatly minimized the amount of hours and labor required to assemble and disassemble the barrier walls. The Edge Guard system (www.edge-guard.com) was specified for several hundred linear feet of infection-control partitions that needed to be built and disassembled during several phases.

Clark’s Senior Superintendent Brian Hetherington desired something more efficient than traditional drywall assemblies. He says Edge Guard was a great solution because it could be assembled and disassembled by virtually any project team member using just a ladder, and without generating dust. The system also integrates ICRA barrier requirements, including pressure monitoring, notices, security, and filtration.

 

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