Infectious Disease Control in North America
DKI is committed to providing the highest level of professional restoration services. We lead the industry in education, technology, and innovation to continue to remain current in the latest trends. Impacts from a natural disaster can disrupt the building’s structure and spread harmful pathogens, dust and debris, requiring an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA). As a result, we expanded our portfolio of services to include infectious disease control, so we can properly and efficiently perform demolition, remediation, and renovation without further healthcare issues.
Through our partnerships with The Linders Health Institute, then Gearhart & Associates, LLC., STARC Systems and TOMI™ Service Network (TSN), DKI member companies are fully equipped with specialized up-to-date training and the proper tools to provide a comprehensive disinfection solution for your facility. Our certified members can show you their proof of specialized training completion and their related accreditations: Critical Environment Reconstruction Contractors (CERC), Certified Healthcare Technician, Certified Healthcare Supervisor and/or Certified Healthcare Trainer.
Why is infectious disease control important?
Infectious diseases can be found anywhere but controlling an outbreak or harmful agents that can result in one helps eliminate human suffering and economic loss. Whether for an educational, business, sports or medical facility, the need for infectious disease control is essential to keeping everyone healthy and safe and your property running as it should.
When a natural disaster affects a hospital or medical facility, higher standards for restoration apply. Since people in the community may turn to hospitals for medical assistance following a disaster, the hospital must remain operational to provide the care needed. So, the restoration company called in to provide services must be properly trained, certified and knowledgeable of infectious diseases, decontamination processes and the required equipment, so they can protect themselves, the staff, patients and families who must remain within the facility.
Construction zones can further transmit dust and debris in the air, causing a health hazard for those around. Dust and spores in hospitals are a leading cause of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and immunocompromised patients, such as those with cancer or severe burn injuries, can be especially vulnerable to these types of secondary infections which could be fatal.
DKI understands these concerns, which is why we apply our temporary containment and disinfection solution to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, along with the dust, debris and other harmful materials from our construction areas.
What properties need infectious disease control services?
Facilities especially susceptible to exposure to harmful pathogens following a natural disaster include:
- Hospitals and healthcare facilities
- Commercial offices
- Emergency shelters
Since these types of properties, especially hospitals, generally hold large amounts of people, risking the spread of airborne pathogens and infectious diseases, the requirement of construction compliance standards has become an increasing concern. It is crucial for first responders to be prepared for these challenges.
How do contractors like DKI help with infectious disease control?
DKI contractors are certified with continuous training and have the knowledge and expertise to prevent and control infections within the environment. Through our partnerships with Gearhart & Associates, LLC, STARC Systems and TSN, this training includes:
- Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) responsibilities and implementation
- Trade-specific considerations and individual responsibilities
- Containment and barrier management and disinfection technologies
- Facility protocols
- Occupational health and safety awareness specific to the healthcare environment
- Quality air control
We provide a temporary containment system that reduces noise from construction and renovation and eliminates transmission of dust, debris, and other harmful construction area agents. By installing STARC Systems, DKI can effectively get your facility restored while allowing you to continue performing required services for your customers. This is especially helpful in medical centers to eliminate downtime for patient care but also serves well in other high-risk arenas, such as schools, sports facilities, offices and more.
For more information on DKI’s infectious disease control services, our process and certifications, please contact us today.