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Crucial Tool in Healthcare Facilities

Infection control risk assessment (ICRA) is a multidisciplinary, documented process that considers the facility and the patient population. It focuses on infection risk reduction through phases of facility planning, design, construction, renovation, facility maintenance, and demolition. These barriers allow healthcare facilities to portion out sections of the hospital, benefiting patients, staff, and visitors in situations where infectious disease, like COVID-19, is rampant. ATI’s team has installed every type of approved ICRA barrier. 

ICRA Barriers Protection Against Disease

ATI constructs custom barrier plans to meet the unique needs of your space, preventing the spread of harmful pathogens most likely to be present. These fast solutions are highly effective in allowing a facility to serve more people while keeping everyone safe in a potentially infectious environment.

Types of Barriers

Prefabricated Panel System

This versatile system provides a cost-effective approach and is easily installed. These fire-resistant panels are made of stainless steel and are insulated for added noise reduction. Each panel locks to the adjacent panel, forming an airtight seal that can be configured as needed.

Coroplast Panel System

coroplast panel system

This simple mounting system makes for fast installation and creates an airtight seal that exceeds ICRA requirements. It is tougher than corrugated fiberboard, lighter than solid extruded plastic, waterproof, weather-resistant, and stain-resistant, making it ideal for temporary walls and partitions.

Conventional Fire Retardant Visqueen System

This system is suitable for low traffic, non-patient care areas and short-term or emergency containment. Fire-resistant, this is an ideal solution to cover electrical equipment. Made from polyethylene, it provides an optimum balance of economy and performance.

Fire-Rated Drywall Barrier System

fire rated drywall barrier system

Suitable for long-term containment projects, this system can help redirect patient traffic and provide a more permanent solution. The drywall barriers can be insulated to reduce overall noise within the contained space. All drywall barriers can be painted or have fire-rated wall protection installed on them to meet additional ICRA guidelines.

Decontamination Chamber (Anteroom)

An anteroom is an essential tool for hospital infection control. It serves a vital purpose in protecting patients and staff by isolating contaminated air, dust, and potentially deadly airborne pathogens. Workers can remove their PPE, shoe covers, and work clothes in the designated space, preventing contamination of the occupied areas.

Negative Pressure Rooms
After an ICRA, a contractor will determine the type of barrier system best suited to seal and properly ventilate a room using negative pressure. These barrier systems may include the various methods above to create an airtight seal beyond ICRA requirements. Doors will often have a plexiglass viewpoint window for medical staff to survey the patient from outside of the room.

Negative Pressure Viewpoint Doors
These visual panels in containment doors offer multiple functionalities. The interior of a containment and/or isolation room can be observed without opening the door, reducing the risk of exposure.

negative pressure viewpoint doors

They also allow workers and designated staff entering and exiting the containment to see a person on the other side of the door, avoiding collisions. Finally, the panel allows light to pass through, creating a safe work environment without the need for temporary lighting.

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