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Developing new ways to reduce the transfer of bacteria from medical staff to patients via hand contamination.

“The World Health Organisation recently initiated a global campaign to improve hand hygiene among healthcare workers. By taking a holistic approach to the problem – looking at everything from systems and products to environments and behaviours – we want to find a solution that really works.” – Mark Armstrong

Hospital-acquired infection (HAI), also known as nosocomial infection, is contracted from the environment or staff of a healthcare facility. Effective hand hygiene is the single most important strategy in preventing HAI, yet despite numerous well-resolved education programs and systems, it continues to have a strong negative impact on patient outcomes.

HAI can be spread in a variety of ways. Where other reduction approaches may focus attention on a single solution to the problem, by applying user-centred design thinking, Health Collab and Enware will develop opportunities for improvement by “deep-diving” into all aspects that impact the hand hygiene domain, from an investigation of the psychological influences behind the behaviour of clinical staff, to an understanding of defence systems, including hand washing products and procedures.

Investigators
Jason Hinds (Enware Australia)
Dr Don Campbell (Monash Health)
Professor Mark Armstrong (Health Collab)
Professor Daphne Flynn (Health Collab)
Tina Dinh (Health Collab)
Kieran John (Health Collab)

Partner Organisation
Enware

MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.

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