A medical center in Seattle needed five specially isolated care rooms, used to treat COVID-19 patients, decontaminated and made available for other needs within the hospital, including disposal of hazardous waste and removing negative air machines and other equipment.
ATI teams completed all five rooms in two days, being trained in COVID-19 response, HIPAA compliance, personal protective equipment use suitable for asbestos standards, and performed terminal cleaning with CDC-approved disinfectants and above-and-beyond cleaning protocols.

The Situation

As the COVID-19 crisis appeared to subside, a medical center in Seattle’s historic Central District asked ATI to decontaminate specially isolated care rooms no longer needed for coronavirus patients.

The Solution

ATI, which has had an Emergency Response Agreement with the medical center since performing terminal cleaning in 2019, had the expertise required for the job. Its team is trained in COVID-19 issues and HIPAA compliance; certified in asbestos work and the use of personal protective equipment; and current with flu shots and other vaccinations.

The project included establishing a preparation area, fogging the rooms and wiping all hard surfaces with Centers for Disease Control-approved disinfectants. Workers vacuumed and mopped vinyl and tile flooring; removed negative air machines and other equipment; and properly disposed hazardous waste.

The five rooms were completed in two days, allowing the health care facility to repurpose them to better serve the community’s needs. It was ATI’s first COVID-19 decontamination project after it had installed negative pressure isolation areas for many hospitals earlier in the pandemic.

ATI’s team builds trust with health care providers by working together, effectively communicating at all stages of each project and completing sensitive assignments safely and efficiently.

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