Draft standards for LTC building design, infection prevention publicly released

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Published February 11, 2022 at 9:08 am

OTTAWA — Experts have released a new set of draft standards for long-term care that focus on building design, materials and infection prevention and control.

CSA Group, formerly the Canadian Standards Association, developed the draft in parallel with care-giving standards developed by the Health Standards Organization.

Alex Mihailidis, chair of CSA Group’s technical subcommittee, says the organization’s standards are more prescriptive and look at everything from the HVAC systems to the types of technology that should be available to residents.

The draft has been released for public review, and CSA group will accept feedback until April 11.

After that, the experts plan to refine the standards and release the final version at the end of the year.

It’s still not clear how the standards will be put into effect, but CSA Group has been in talks with all levels of government and says it’s taking improvements to long-term care seriously.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 11, 2022.

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

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