Cite as:

L. Leykum, Y. Bar-Yam, The Rationale for System-Level Strategies of Infection Control, NECSI Technical Report (2009).


Current infection control strategies focus on the point of contact between individuals. We examine the magnitude of the movement of pathogens throughout the different geographic components of a prototypical hospital, and a rational for considering system-level strategies that reduce the spatial movement of pathogens.