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Zimring C, Jacob JT, Denham ME
The role of facility design in preventing the transmission of healthcare-associated infections: Background and conceptual framework.
This paper describes the conceptual framework and methodology used to conduct a comprehensive literature review of current evidence evaluating the role of the built environment in the transmission of healthcare-associated infections. The methodology involves a chain of transmission interventions model that is a multidisciplinary conceptualization of the interaction between pathogens and the built environment. This model facilitated a systematic literature review of a very large amount of data.
Citation: Zimring C, Jacob JT, Denham ME . The role of facility design in preventing the transmission of healthcare-associated infections: Background and conceptual framework. HERD 2013 Oct;7(1 suppl):18-30.
Keywords: Evidence-Based Practice, Quality of Care, Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Research Methodologies