ISSUES: Bacteria by Design: Researchers Map Where Hospital Pathogens Are Lurking

Written by Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, April 28, 2015

In an effort to better understand how a medical building might make patients sicker and to find ways to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a team of scientists has been testing thousands of microbe samples from a Chicago hospital. Data from the test is still being analyzed, but so far the team has found that factors including ventilation and humidity, as well as design features such as furnishings and fixtures, affect the kinds of bacteria people encounter inside a hospital that may impact their health.

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