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STERIS dust barrier in healthcare facility
STERIS dust barrier in healthcare facility

Importance of Dust Barriers: STERIS's ICRA-Level II Dust Containment Systems

An important part of patient care and infection prevention is reducing airborne dust and contaminants from spreading within healthcare facilities, especially during construction and general maintenance activities. STERIS’s dust control barrier helps contain dust while work is being completed in Sterile Processing Departments (SPD), operating rooms (OR) and other high-risk areas. Learn more about STERIS’s dust control barrier, how it aids your hospital's infection prevention goals and meets ICRA-Level II barrier compliance.

What is a dust wall?

A dust wall, also known as a dust barrier, is a containment enclosure that prevents the spread of dust and other fine particles from spreading to surrounding areas. These temporary dust partitions help to create a safer work environment for both employees and patients by supporting infection control practices during construction, remodeling and general maintenance activities.

STERIS dust barrier in healthcare facility
Zipped entrance on dust containment
system to control the spread of particles
during general maintenance.

Why is dust a problem in healthcare facilities?

Dust can be visible as well as microscopic. It can settle underneath, behind, on top and inside medical devices, equipment and work surfaces in healthcare facilities. Whenever work is being done in a facility – whether preventive maintenance, repairs or remodeling – there is a possibility that accumulated dust can become airborne. Dust may contain live, dormant and decaying particles – some harmless and some potentially dangerous to employees and patients alike. Utilizing temporary dust barriers during construction equipment install and general maintenance helps to maintain a safe working environment.

What is an ICRA barrier?

Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) is a standardized process for maintaining infection prevention control in healthcare facilities during construction, remodeling and general maintenance. The ICRA process has four defined levels, each with specific infection prevention guidelines depending on the risk associated with the construction project and potential for dust. STERIS offers an ICRA Level II-compliant soft wall dust barrier.

How do I select the right ICRA containment system?

The following guide can be used to determine what type of ICRA barrier is needed based on the construction project:

  • ICRA Level 1 – Minimal contamination risk due to non-invasive activities. Dust barriers are not required but infection prevention guidelines should be reviewed and followed.
  • ICRA Level 2 – Minimal dust risk due to small construction projects or room installations. Utilize a dust barrier to prevent the spread of fine particles to other areas of the room.
  • ICRA Level 3 and 4 – Higher contamination risk due to major construction activities that create significant dust. Dust barrier systems are used to contain dust during multi-day, week- or month-long projects.

How does STERIS construct a dust wall?

Airtight installation in any room or space for complete dust containment.
Airtight installation in any room or space.

Healthcare professionals can remain operational in the working area as a STERIS Field Service Representative (FSR) constructs the dust control barrier. Your STERIS FSR will create an airtight installation in any room or space for dust containment. An easy, stress-free set up of the system does not disturb the existing wall, ceiling or other structural elements of the room. The barrier is installed and removed by your STERIS Field Service Representative, saving you time and providing an efficient and effective solution when there is potential for dust to become airborne. STERIS dust control barriers provide the following benefits:

  • Fire-retardant sheeting on all seams – Features a polyethylene sheeting to help meet flammability regulations
  • Zippered entrance – Allows for easy entry and exit
  • Sticky mat – Assists in dust collection that attaches to shoes to help prevent tracking dust in and out of the work area
  • Tape for sealing – Creates the ideal environment in the barrier to contain any dispersed dust with two layers of tape, including ICRA compliant tape

Following the completion of the work, your STERIS FSR will expedite the removal of the dust containment barrier so you can quickly and easily use your equipment.

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