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).
This Inside ASHE article shows how to create a water management plan to understand and address risks.
This issue brief explains that eight patients at a New Hampshire hospital may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease through the use... read more
How does room ventilation affect airborne disease transmission in a health care facility? This monograph addresses the topic through a review of the literature. Noting that the... read more
The 2014 Guidelines for Health Care Facilities: Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities is proposing to add... read more
This ASHE issue brief explains that the Oregon state fire marshal has determined that alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR), olive oil, and static electricity caused a fire that injured a patient in an Oregon hospital.
This monograph explores the role of the health care environment in infection prevention and control. Written by Farhad Memarzadeh, director of the Division of Technical... read more
Checklist Provides Evidence-Based Criteria to Help Health Care Facilities Select Furniture The health care community’s increased focus on patient safety and sustainability... read more
This advisory addresses news stories about the potential for a higher occurrence of Legionella spp. in electronic-eye faucets that raised some concern among the... read more
Infection preventionists play an increasingly important role in preventing health care-associated infection in the physical environment associated with... read more
This article evaluates the applicability and relative contribution of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) to disinfection of air in health care... read more
This advisory provides members with guidance on how to prepare for swine flu cases.
Facility management tools provided by ASHE
This memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discusses interpretive... read more
This memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discusses an amendment to the... read more
This checklist produced by the Greater New York Hospital Association itemizes potential facility issues for review after a disaster and is not to be construed as... read more
A checklist for monitoring compliance with infection control risk assessment (ICRA) precautions used as interim life safety measures. Intended to be used daily. Developed by... read more
This checklist is for recording the results of daily monitoring of compliance with infection control risk assessment (ICRA) precautions implemented as interim life safety measures.