Sandie Colatrella, Nurse Consultant
Sandie Colatrella is a nurse consultant in a health care architecture firm, where she specializes in space planning, regulatory compliance, and patient safety, including infection control for design and construction projects. Sandie contributed to the development of an emergency plan during the 2015 Ebola outbreak, and she applied that experience to COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, she has worked on multiple projects including:
- Converting existing patient rooms in nursing homes, hospitals, and Intensive Care Units for use as isolation rooms for confirmed positive patients
- Revisions to standard patient rooms to house patients that have risk exposures but have not tested positive
- Providing recommendations for revisions to operating room spaces for use for procedures on confirmed positive patients
- Inter-facility transport and triage of infected patients
- Revisions to morgues for post-mortem services
- Consulting on environmental services, terminal cleaning and medical waste disposal
- Revisions to ICRA precautions for essential construction projects within occupied healthcare facilities
As part of an interdisciplinary team, she has worked with hospitals, nursing homes, the Pennsylvania Department of Health & Emergency Management, Public Health Officers, CDC Consultants, and subject matter experts to assist in the development of plans to provide emergency care and treatment.
Her experience as a legal nurse consultant, combined with the application of her practice in the built environment, makes Sandie a unique advocate for risk mitigation and the creation of safe spaces for both patients and health care professionals.