Watch your hands: Door types and the risk of infections in clinic waiting area

Yandi Andri Yatmo, Widya Aulia Ramadhani, Arif Rahman Wahid

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Abstract

Patient safety in a healthcare environment is crucial. They are vulnerable to Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) that can be gained through contact with a surface in the healthcare facility. Cleaning with disinfectant performed as the main procedure on the routine basis to cope with the infection contamination. However, the wider the surface that being cleaned also means the more usage of dangerous disinfectant being used. This is not very sustainable and put another risk for the patients. To minimise the problem, this paper aims to look at various types of doors design as part a non-critical surface in a healthcare facility with high interaction with the hands of both patients and healthcare workers. The study is conducted in the waiting area at a certain clinic in Depok. The waiting area becomes an essential aspect of this study because of its position as the primary circulation of patients. Four different types of door and how they interact with human are found in the clinic through observation and interview. In the end, this study findings can be used to consider door design in healthcare facilities because of its influence on people's behaviour and the risk of microbial spread.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012078
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Volume195
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2018
Event2nd International Conference on Eco Engineering Development 2018, ICEED 2018 - Tangerang, Indonesia
Duration: 5 Sep 20186 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Door
  • Hand contact
  • Healthcare Associated Infection
  • Surface

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