By: PHIL ASTLEY
We’ve just completed research showing a major problem about healthcare associated infection (HCAI). The work gathered evidence demonstrating links between design and cross-infection. So, for example, the location and height of wash hand basins makes a big difference to patient and staff use. Likewise, good staff changing facilities are vital – it’s not helpful if there are no dedicated places for staff to change in the ward and for them then to treat patients. Likewise, it is a problem if they do not change, go home on the bus and potentially put the community at risk.