Hospitals should design premises and adapt their hygiene routines to a society that no longer has effective antibiotics, and that is vulnerable to fast-spreading global pandemics. This is argued in a new thesis from Lund University in Sweden.
“Many hospitals in Sweden and the world are becoming old and worn out. Therefore, we now have the chance to build properly from a hygienic point of view”, says Torsten Holmdahl, doctoral student at Lund University and medical consultant at the infection clinic at Skåne University Hospital.
Torsten Holmdahl, doctoral student at
The Department of Translational Medicine,
Torsten Holmdahl’s thesis includes studies on the planning and construction process of the new infection clinic at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö. As the former director of the clinic, he was also involved in this process.
“In my opinion, hospital hygiene should be one of the highest priorities when building new hospital premises. I realised that the new construction in Malmö was an opportunity that should not be missed”, says Torsten Holmdahl.
Torsten Holmdahl, doctoral student at The Department of Translational Medicine, Lund University, will defend his thesis “Hospital design and room decontamination for the post-antibiotic era and an era of emerging infectious diseases. From a macro to a micro perspective” at Lund University on 7 September 2017.