Dr Cath Noakes explains how keeping the windows open may reduce infection
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Closing hospital windows 'increases infection risk'

Dr Cath Noakes, reader in infection control engineering at the University of Leeds, talks about her research into hospital ventilation at the site of the old Royal London Hospital in east London.

Her studies suggest keeping the windows open in traditional open-plan "Nightingale wards" can reduce infection rates, and that fitting cheap and simple extractor fans can maintain good ventilation during winter months.

  • 24 Apr 2013
  • From the section Health