Biographical Information Alexander P. de Block

Born in the Netherlands (Groningen), Alexander started his professional career by first joining the Dutch army for an 18 month period. After a tough basic training, he was given a surgical technician post in a mobile operating quarter.

After leaving the army he followed three years of training as an operating room assistant (technician) and became a Registered Nurse after another three years of training.

His work experience brought him to different hospitals in the Netherlands, Lebanon (1976) and France (1981/1982).

Alexander has two degrees in Management and was one of the founding members of the Dutch Association of Operating Room Managers. He was a board member for 10 years (1991-2001) until he left his post as an OR Manager.

From 2000 until 2010 he worked as a Consulting Engineer with 'Royal Haskoning' (now: 'Royal HaskoningDHV') and from 2010 as an independent Consultant, specialized in the design of new Operating Theatres and Central Sterilisation Departments. His interest lies in the fields of planning and design, traffic patterns and supply chain management, (technical) equipment and risk analysis, contamination control and infection prevention. 

He also worked close together with the former 'Netherlands Board for Hospital Facilities' in creating Guidelines for Operating Rooms.

Starting in 1994 Alexander publicised in professional Dutch magazines on many OR and CSSD topics. He addressed (inter)national audiences (including ICCCS) of up to 400 participants.