Cite as:

Luci Leykum and Yaneer Bar-Yam, The rationale for system-level strategies of infection control, New England Complex Systems Institute Report 2010-08 (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.