Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Perspectives on Patient Safety

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Perspectives on Patient Safety

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Health facilities professionals carry a wide range of responsibilities covering numerous facets of hospital, clinic and medical office design, construction and operations. In fact, their duties are so broad that their patient safety roles often are overlooked.

That's why we dedicated this year's Trends in Health Care special issue to exploring this important function as it relates to design and construction processes, environmental services and infection control tasks, technology and engineering infrastructure planning, and materials management functions.

The entire issue reflects that the patient safety duties of health facilities professionals are easily as demanding and expansive as their numerous other responsibilities, going far beyond stringent regulatory precautions to ensure a safe environment of care.

In our design and construction article, for instance, we look at safe interior elements being used by architects in patient rooms as well as how professionals are maintaining infection control during the construction process. Our environmental services story recounts how a bundled approach is being used for infection prevention and also looks at some of the most promising disinfection tools. …

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