System analysis for infection control in acute hospitals
conference contributionposted on 21.12.2010, 14:34 by Patrick WatersonPatrick Waterson
This paper makes the case for applying a systems perspective to the analysis of hospital-based infection outbreaks. Most of the research that has been conducted on behavioural aspects of infection control has focused on explanations at an individual level of analysis (e.g., interventions to improve hand washing). The infections outbreaks at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust are analysed in detail using an established framework for risk management. The paper further outlines the human and organisational issues raised by the analysis and provides a means through which these aspects of infection can be highlighted as part of a future research agenda within systems ergonomics.