Ella Franklin, RN, EDAC, a recognized clinical expert in the prevention and reduction of HAIs in the built environment, serves as Managing Director of MedStar's ER One Center for Building Sciences and supervises the 20-bed "all risks ready" unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The 20-bed unit, referred to "The Bridge to ER One" is a prototype unit that was designed and built under a series of federal grants for purposes of creating a state-of-the-art, scalable emergency facility that is able to support a multi-threat environment and is equipped with advanced building materials, workflow applications and implementation strategies that prevent the spread of biologic agents and diseases.
Ms. Franklin has extensive experience leading cross-disciplinary research teams in the development and implementation of novel solutions to the challenges of bioterrorism, natural disasters, and pandemic infections. The teams she directs often include a combination of healthcare architects and design professionals; physicians; nurses; lighting, acoustical, and ventilation engineers; social psychologists; university researchers; and, industry leaders.
In addition, Ms. Franklin serves as a consultant to healthcare design teams during the visioning and planning phases of their building projects. Prior to joining the ER One Center, she was the infection control officer in MedStar's Occupational Health Division at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was the project director for campus-wide infection prevention initiatives. Examples of her research and consulting efforts include, but are not limited to (1) serving as principal investigator for a vaporized hydrogen peroxide decontamination trial (2) developing a quarantine and isolation (Q&I) implementation plan for Arlington County, Virginia, and, (3) providing infection prevention training to clinicians in Egypt during the 2006 Avian influenza epidemic.
Ms. Franklin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University and is a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) certified clinical research coordinator. She also received specialized training in hospital epidemiology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Ms. Franklin is an active member of MedStar's Infection Control Committee at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is a contributing member to the Center for Health Design's (CHD) Pebble Network, where she earned her certification in Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).
Ms. Franklin's research interests include
- Reduction and prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) in the built environment
- Infection prevention
- Test & evaluation of innovative technologies and building materials that reduce HAIs
- Decontamination & quarantine techniques
- Research Areas
- Health Services/Quality/Outcomes