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Infection, Disease and Health
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100499 Medical Biotechnology not elsewhere classified| 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)| 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety| 111716 Preventive Medicine
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Assessing the functionality and infection control implications of new technologies presents significant challenges. In this discussion paper, we present our approach to assessing infection control aspects of a new isolation room, the RediRoom™ (prototype). We report how we evaluated this room, lessons learnt and suggestions for future evaluations in this area.
There is no documented method for evaluating a novel temporary isolation room. We combined a range of existing tools to undertake a technical assessment. Three approaches were used, an assessment against standards or guidelines; professional assessment; and a cleaning assessment.
To assess compliance against existing recommendations related to the built environment and isolation rooms, elements contained within Australasian and United Kingdom guidelines were used. We were able to identify which elements in these guidelines were of the most value and relevance. An ultraviolet (UV) solution with fluorescent light assessment was used to assess the ability to clean surfaces. This approach was a useful objective measure. A professional assessment is potentially subjective, but provides an opportunity to identify other potential issues and benefits. In this study, the RediRoom™ performed well against all three approaches. We identified limitations in using existing guidelines for a temporary isolation room.
In our study, the use of video and video reflexive ethnography for the professional assessment would have been useful. We propose a revised list of assessment against which new isolation solutions or technologies could be assessed, with the view of others continuing to build on this.
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Mitchell, B. G., William, A. P., Wong, Z., & O'Connor, J. (2017). Assessing a temporary isolation room from an infection control perspective: A discussion paper. Infection, Disease and Health, 22(3), 129-135. doi:10.1016/j.idh.2017.06.003