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HaCIRIC runs a multidisciplinary research programme on controlling healthcare associated infections (HCAI) such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile. The cost of HCAI to the NHS in 2000 was estimated to be as high as £1 billion a year, with potential avoidable costs of around £150 million annually. Estimates suggest that at any one time 9 per cent of all inpatients have an infection associated with their care in hospital.
Start date: June 2007
End date: June 2009
Investigators Professor Colin Gray, Prof. Nigel Klein, Dr. Vanya Gant
Staff Employed Hede Wojgani, Elaine Green, Statistician
School of Construction Management and Engineering
The University of Reading
PO Box 219
T: +44 (0)118 378 7181
It is unfortunate that Britain has invested in a major hospital building programme while knowing too little about how the built environment impacts on infection control.
Dr Vanya Gant
Consultant in Microbiology and Infection at UCLH.