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Becker’s Hospital Review: Three Ways to Use Design to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections

Everyone knows hospital infections are a problem. But did you know how much of a problem?

In an article for Becker’s Hospital Review, NBBJ healthcare designers Kerianne Graham and Sarah Markovitz discuss the current impact of infections, which affect 75,000 patients each year at a cost of at least $28 billion, and how design can play a major role in reducing the rate of transmission.

Kerianne and Sarah introduce an “ideal infection-fighting hospital room of the future” that includes three strategic approaches and 13 specific design recommendations to decrease contamination. These range from the elimination of germ-harboring window blinds in favor of “smart glass,” to a selection of materials that limit mildew growth in what are typically high-humidity shower stalls.