New Allegheny General Hospital facility forgoes fabrics to prevent HAIs

The $26 million cardiovascular care facility being built by Pittsburgh-based Allegheny General Hospital will include many high-tech features. One element it won't feature? Linens.

According to a Trib Live report, AGH's new cardiovascular care facility will use limited amounts of linen and absolutely no linen curtains, in an effort to improve infection control.

"You do not want too much fabric. It collects and traps a lot of bacteria," Amy Snyder, director of the AGH facility's nursing unit, told Trib Live. "Think about things like Ebola. Linens on beds is about all you're going to see in these rooms to keep our patients and staff safe. We have taken all of that into account."

In addition to being a relatively fabric-less facility, the cardiovascular care center's patient rooms will feature solid-surface counter tops designed to provide superior infection control and sterile safety zones.



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