Levin Besing

Levin Besing

Using Systems Requirements Analysis to Evaluate Infection Control in Healthcare Design for Interior Materials


Levin Besing, Dr. Lisa Platt


Dr. Lisa Platt


College of Design, Construction, and Planning


<p><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”color: #000000″>Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) suggest that healthcare settings, both acute and general, develop </span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”font-weight: bold;color: #000000″>environments</span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”color: #000000″> for dangerous </span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”font-weight: bold;color: #000000″>microbes</span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”color: #000000″> to transmit </span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”font-weight: bold;color: #000000″>between surfaces and humans</span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”color: #000000″>. The question is if there is a relationship between contact surfaces and HAIs based on the scientific literature regarding healthcare settings. The methodologies used in this study are (1) a </span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”font-weight: bold;color: #000000″>traceability analysis</span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”color: #000000″> of HAI cases related to the moderation of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff), and (2) a </span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”font-weight: bold;color: #000000″>bibliometric network visualization</span><span class=”JsGRdQ” style=”color: #000000″> with respect to material finishes on factors of infection risk areas. The findings of the methodologies, based on key-word search themes in scientific literature indicate a connection between HAI and contact surfaces.</span><span class=”JsGRdQ white-space-prewrap” style=”color: #000000″> </span></p>


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