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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 175-179

Hospital design for better infection control


Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, Singapore

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Fatimah Lateef
Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road
Singapore
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.55329

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The physical design and infrastructure of a hospital or institution is an essential component of its infection control measure. Thus is must be a prerequisite to take these into consideration from the initial conception and planning stages of the building. The balance between designing a hospital to be an open, accessible and public place and the control to reduce the spread of infections diseases is a necessity. At Singapore General Hospital, many lessons were learnt during the SARS outbreak pertaining to this. During and subsequent to the SARS outbreak, many changes evolved in the hospital to enable us to handle and face any emerging infectious situation with calm, confidence and the knowledge that staff and patients will be in good stead. This paper will share some of our experiences as well as challenges


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