In the first in a series of articles focusing on infection prevention and control within the long-term care environment, Mary Muir, national clinical consulting manager at Arjo UK, discusses the importance of building design
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infection disease prevention and control is a scientific method and hands-on solution intended to avert harm or health dangers initiated by infection to patients, residents, and healthcare workers.1 In addition, the Infection Prevention Society’s vision is that no person is harmed by a preventable infection,2 and a key part of this is ensuring that healthcare facilities are designed and maintained in a way to support infection prevention.
Climate change and an unstable climate are not only influencing the built environment, but play a significant role in driving the global emergence, resurgence, and redistribution of infectious diseases.3,4 Sustainable design strategies are focused on solutions that reassure the wellbeing and coexistence of inorganic features, living organisms, and humans that make up the ecosystem.5
What is an infection?
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