PDC 412

Advanced Topics: Healthcare Construction and Infection Prevention





advanced | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 35


Construction, Healthcare


The application of industrial hygiene principles, techniques, and practices is critical in preventing hospital-acquired infections related to construction in healthcare environments. The basic risks, control strategies, and validation methodologies are well established in most circumstances, and guidance references published by APIC and FGI are readily available to assist. However, reliance on these documents and infection-prevention matrices can be problematic because of unrecognized gaps, the changing at-risk populations, and the special problems faced by off-site clinics. This PDC will identify at-risk patient populations, identify gaps in the commonly used ICRA matrix in relation to HVAC system projects, engineering controls to prevent infection, describe a novel ICRA barrier depressurization technique that addresses long-term construction projects, provide a framework for planning a response to water events associated with construction, identify the unique infection prevention challenge of HVAC system night time operation setbacks, present methods (including air sampling) for conducting infection prevention commissioning of construction areas, and provide a method for conducting an aspergillosis outbreak investigation.


Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of the ICRA Matrix and the engineering control measures therein, and have at least two years of experience in healthcare-related construction and infection prevention in a design, planning, supervisory, management, monitoring, clinical, construction, or industrial hygiene capacity.

Value Added

The participants will leave with a PDF of the presentation, a diagram of a robust wall, a water response plan guide, and an aspergillosis outbreak investigation outline.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least two gaps in the ICRA matrix and Identify where risks can be found.
  • Construct a robust wall.
  • Describe how to address small, medium, and large-scale water events.
  • Use thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to determine a water event footprint.
  • Employ a ‘Merrit-vak’ to prevent the aerosolization of dust from ductwork during construction.
  • Determine how HVAC system nighttime setbacks change air flow in a building and put critical areas at risk.
  • Describe and conduct infection prevention commissioning of new, or newly renovated healthcare areas.
  • Conduct an aspergillosis outbreak investigation.


  • Introduction
  • Review matrix, infectious agents and epidemiology, patient risk factors, and ICRA matrix gaps
  • Infection prevention barriers
  • Water response planning
  • HVAC renovation
  • HVAC system night time setbacks in clinics
  • Infection prevention commissioning
  • Aspergillosis investigations
  • Workshop applying concepts to case study challenges

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Practice exercises
  • Workshops

Course Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16PDC412

Sponsoring Committee

Construction, Healthcare Working Group