Healthcare Associated Infection Visualisation and Ideation Network


Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) caused by pathogens such as MRSA, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile are a substantial problem in developed and developing countries around the world and within the NHS. In addition to the distress caused to patients who are infected, the cost of HAIs to acute services in the NHS is high. 

This issue sits within the major global challenge of the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Educational interventions are a major component in the battle against HAIs but a key challenge underlying attempts to explain and instruct in these areas is that the pathogens responsible for HAIs are invisible to the naked eye. 

As such, expertise from the arts and humanities in visualisation and associated ideation would seem to have much relevance in addressing such a challenge. Moreover, as clinical scientific data on spread of infections has become more complex and sophisticated, the role of visualisation to better communicate this information in a way that engenders meaningful engagement is also highlighted. 

However, until very recently, the contribution of the arts and humanities to the prevention and control of HAIs has been very limited indeed. HAIVAIRN sets out, through its objectives, to explore this issue. 

HAIVAIRN is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Research networking grant. Grant Ref: AH/N006429/1