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Case Study : Healthcare : Emory University Hospital

Emory University Hospital – Infection Control

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Situation

As hospital patients recover from a range of local and global illnesses, infection control becomes a critical element in returning patients to good health. Reducing the risk of infection not only improves patient cure rates, it also has a direct correlation on insurance reimbursements and hospital profitability.

As one of only four healthcare facilities in the United States with a top-level biocontainment facility, Emory University Hospital has the unique opportunity to transfer some of this infection control expertise to its Emergency Department that encounters an extraordinary amount of local and regional illnesses every day. A critical component to this effort was replacing and relocating the primary air handler serving the Emergency Department and adjacent areas.

BDR Solution

Emergency Departments can never close, which creates concerns regarding temporary cooling, pressurization relative to the outside, and provisions for negative pressure treatment rooms.

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When approaching any complex, time-sensitive project – like hospital operational changes and/or utility shutdowns – it requires four key elements for success:

  • Planning and preparation
  • Minimize disruption
  • Stakeholder buy-in so all are committed
  • Precise and timely execution

“They came up with creative solutions and built confidence that we had an outstanding team. I respected them as colleagues who helped us implement our vision… they thrived in the complexity of it all.”

- S. Wright Caughman, MD
Executive Vice President of Health Affairs
Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Results

BDR delivered an overnight, problem-free air handler switchover while maintaining normal operations for the ED. More importantly, the potential for further improvements in cure rates is now very real.

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