About the Project
This project aims to look into the key factors governing healthcare-associated infections (or nosocomial infections) due to contaminated built environments, with emphasis on respiratory illnesses. Human factors such as crowd flow patterns on the epidemic dynamics will be considered through computer simulations. This will help to assess the efficiency of present infection control approaches adopted by the hospitals, allowing for the development of more resilient healthcare facilities in a bid to better infection control and prevention.
ECDC, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: increased transmission in the EU/EEA and the UK - seventh update, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, 2020.
Department of Health, Health Building Note 00-01: General design guidance for healthcare buildings, London, 2014.
Department of Health, Health Building Note 00-09: Infection control in the built environment, London, 2014.
N. van Doremalen, T. Bushmaker, D.H. Morris, M.G. Holbrook, A. Gamble, B.N. Williamson, A. Tamin, J.L. Harcourt, N.J. Thornburg, S.I. Gerber, J.O. Lloyd-Smith, E. de Wit, V.J. Munster, Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1, New England Journal of Medicine, 382 (2020) 1564-1567.
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