Infection control: beyond the horizon

Published:December 13, 2014DOI:


      This article will consider possible future directions for innovation and research in infection prevention and control, and will make the case for the importance of including clinical and cost-effectiveness evaluation in such research. Opportunities for studies in a number of broad subject areas will be considered, including prevention and control of existing and emerging infection hazards, the challenges posed by changes in the way that medical care is being delivered, technological developments that could be harnessed for infection prevention and control, how new laboratory diagnostic technologies might benefit infection prevention and control, cleaning and decontamination, and the infection control aspects of hospital design. The need for robust economic data to support the wide and timely implementation of evidence-based practice is emphasized.


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