Rapid Review of Healthcare Associated Infection Risks and Outbreaks Associated with Healthcare Ventilation Systems

Publication Date: 28 February 2019

The primary requirement for the design of the built environment, including healthcare ventilation systems, is to protect the patient from preventable infection. Although designed to reduce the risk of HAI, there is the potential for ventilation systems to contribute to their development, either by acting as a reservoir for the infectious microorganism, or by facilitating transmission of infection. There is a need to understand more about the infection risks and the types of outbreaks associated with ventilation systems in healthcare settings.

This document aims to provide a rapid review of available guidance and extant scientific literature of the HAI risks and outbreaks associated with healthcare ventilation systems.

Objectives for the rapid review were to assess the:

  • causative agents for healthcare associated infections associated with healthcare ventilation systems
  • sources of HAI associated with healthcare ventilation systems
  • factors facilitating transmission associated with healthcare ventilation systems.
  • infection control measures for reducing the risk of HAIs associated with healthcare ventilation systems
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Resource information

Publisher:
Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Literature Review