On October 7, 2015, Principal Lou Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, and Director of Healthcare Planning Dwight Smith, AIA, EDAC spoke at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo.
The surgical suite has historically been broken down into zones or levels of cleanliness. As procedures become less invasive and expand to other modalities, differentiating cleanliness protocols have also expanded to other disciplines and in the process, grayed the understanding of what is best practice. This presentation explored the history of clean flow in the medical field. What is the definition of clean flow and is it fact or fiction? As an architect, what design decisions influence clean flow in either a positive or negative way? What are the components of clean flow and the risk factors associated with each? What are the minimum requirements and are they truly best practice? With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act linking reimbursements to reductions of surgical site infections (SSI), the effectiveness of clean flow will have an impact on every institution’s bottom line.