Controlling healthcare associated infections (HAI) and the role of facilities management in achieving “quality” in healthcare: A three-dimensional view

  • Liyanage C
  • Egbu C
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Abstract

Purpose - To explore the role of facilities management (FM) in the control of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) and then to discuss a three-dimensional approach which can be used for FM services in the control of infections (HAI). Design/methodology/approach - Most of what is put forward in this paper is based on a research project which is at its early stages. The discussions are therefore grounded on a thorough review of literature accomplished as part of the research project. Unstructured interviews with experts (sample - 25) in infection control in National Health Service in Scotland (NHSS), carried out concurrently as a pilot study, also provided useful insights when writing up this paper. Findings - It is suggested that integrating FM effectively with the core services is vital in avoiding duplication of work carried out by the healthcare workers. Continuous measurement and management of performance of FM services is also vital in the control of HAI. In addition, it was ide)

Author-supplied keywords

  • Buildings
  • Diseases
  • Health services
  • Knowledge management
  • Performance management
  • Quality management

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