Developing innovative approaches to visualisation to help NHS staff prevent and control healthcare associated infections
Given that pathogens are, under normal circumstances, invisible, how do healthcare workers in medical and surgical care settings envisage pathogens and what does this mean in the context of their daily working practices?
What current ways of representing pathogens and their consequences are most meaningful to these workers in terms of perceived influence on awareness and behaviour?
Focusing on the specific challenge of digital visualisation of new data about high risk hand touch sites and worker behaviour in these settings, how might this best be developed in a way that is meaningful and may influence awareness and behaviour?
What are the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the prototype visualisation options, and how might they be further developed and applied to enhance prevention and control of healthcare associated infections?
What learning has accrued from this process of collaborative inquiry and knowledge exchange, and what questions require to be addressed through further research?
NHS Grampian; NHS Lanarkshire; NHS Education for Scotland; Health Protection Scotland; Scottish Infection Research Network