Presentation Title

Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) – What Does it Mean?

About the Presentation

    • Essential to the wellbeing of any hospital, Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) is a thorough way to assess the risk to patients, visitors and staff.
    • ICRA identifies potential interruptions in work flow or utility interruptions and plans for alternate solutions.
    • ICRA barriers provides a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff

The Presenters
Deb Hess, Clinical Supervisor Infection Control, Lancaster General Hosp[ital
Presenter Biography

Nursing experience includes over 30 years as a registered nurse, beginning on a medical surgical unit followed by critical care and most recently in the Infection Control Department for the past 16 years. Over the past 16 years the role of the Infection Control and Prevention nurse has evolved. Early experience included targeted surveillance, but with healthcare reform my role has changed. Formerly the Department of Health was responsible for the Infection Control Risk Assessments (ICRA) approval on construction projects. Approximately six years ago, Pennsylvania Infection Control and Prevention nurses were given this responsibility for all ICRA approvals in their facilities.  As Clinical Supervisor of Infection Control and Prevention of a 630-bed acute care hospital with three different locations and ongoing renovations and new construction, my expertise in ICRA knowledge has grown and strengthened.