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BUILDING THE FUTURE OF DENTISTRY

Building medical facilities of any kind can involve a host of special circumstances, from intense infection control practices to incorporating leading-edge equipment and systems. But when that medical facility is also a teaching institution, the equipment, technology and user population adds a whole new level of challenges. Pavarini Northeast Construction’s project manager, Michael Donnelly, and superintendent, Christopher Dold, faced those challenges head on with the Touro College team, led by Jerome D’Imperio and Sarah Cottet. Together they built its brand new college of dental medicine, which opened last summer as the...

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INFECTION CONTROL IN HEALTHCARE CONSTRUCTION: What You Should Know

By Charles Steiner and Ray McDonald For obvious reasons, infection control isn’t just a “best practice” in healthcare construction. It’s a responsibility, a moral duty and even a legal obligation. Over 100,000 people die each year from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), and 5% to 7% can be directly attributed to construction. Many projects take place in the middle of an active hospital, where people with vulnerable immune systems simply can’t risk being exposed to construction-generated dust, debris or other potentially dangerous impurities.   FGI guidelines require a number of baseline infection control parameters, from...

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