This visualisation is concerned with the artefacts found within a healthcare place and the associated spread of pathogens. It is produced to visualise audit data gathered by Dr Stephanie Dancer and colleagues. The data is based on observations 40 x 30 minute observations of the behaviour of doctors, nurses, domestics and visitors within a single bedded ward setting over the course of 12 months.
The audit recorded which items within this setting where touched, how often and by whom. The number of times staff members washed their hands before and after entry to this room was also recorded.
In this visualisation data is populating the space in relation to the number of times the bed and bedside table were touched and by whom. The final data frame shows the percentage of staff members who performed hand hygiene practices before and after entering this space.
This visualisation is currently in a proof of concept stage, however, it has been designed as an ‘augmented reality’ tool which would eventually work on a portable tablet in situ in a healthcare environment. This would allow healthcare workers to hold a device in-situ and see the data appear on screen as they navigate around a real-life ward space.