Using the Health Care Physical Environment to Prevent and Control Infection is the result of a three-year initiative of the Centers for Disease Control... read more
This monograph is an outcome of the Healthcare Leadership Initiative on Maintenance of Power, a project of ASHE and Powered for Patients aimed at... read more
This monograph gives guidance to health care facilities on how to comply with ASHRAE Standard 188: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water... read more
This webinar covers the core elements of hand hygiene best practices for both the health care provider and support team as well as strategies to engage patients in the hand hygiene program.
This Inside ASHE article explains a new CDC-ASHE project aimed at reducing health care associated infections through better facility and design.
This Inside ASHE article details ways to ensure that sterile processing departments are working properly and gives information on SPD flow.
In 2015, ASHRAE published its long awaited Standard 188: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. This article explains ASHRAE 188 requirements for hospitals and health care facilities.
This Excel tool provides a checklist for environmental tours, including items related to fire safety, safety management, utilities, infection control, hazardous material, security, medical equipment, emergency management, and staff knowledge.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities explains the importance of indoor air quality and the HVAC factors that contribute to indoor air quality.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities explains room pressurization, including which rooms should be positively or negatively pressurized with respect to surrounding areas.
This image shows how air pressurization works, and describes positive and negative pressurization.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities describes methods to provide adequate outdoor air supply to indoor spaces.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities shows minimum filter efficiencies according to ASHRAE standards.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities details factors contributing to microbial contamination in indoor environments. It also includes information on fungi and legionella.
This excerpt from the Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities details special HVAC requirements for operating rooms, including air change rates and filtration.
This short video explains how the ventilation system in hospitals is key in preventing the spread of airborne contaminants and pathogens.
This downloadable Word document is a sample monthly log for maintaining special ventilation rooms.
This downloadable Word document is a sample pressure relationship policy you can customize to fit the needs of your facility.
A common question is whether emergency eyewash/shower facilities are required in blood draw areas or other areas where there are potential exposures to blood. This article explains... read more
This Inside ASHE article explains how filtration design for hospital air systems can help reduce health care-associated infections (HAIs).