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Structural Hygiene in Hospital Construction - Planning recommendations for structural infection prevention in operating, emergency, and intensive care and in normal nursing care

Structural hygiene in hospital construction

Hygiene in health facilities plays a decisive role in protecting people from infections and thus serious progression of diseases. Persons who are already immunocompromised come into contact with one another in hospitals and further infectious diseases can occur during the course of their stay. Up to 500,000 people suffer from hospital infections every year in Germany and around 10,000 people die of them.

This brochure shows by means of planning recommendations how structural/functional processes in hospitals can be hygienically optimised, appropriate materials can be used and thus new building structures designed efficiently and sustainably. Under the leadership of the Technische Universität Braunschweig’s Institute of Constructive Design, Industrial and Health Care Building (IKE), an interdisciplinary research team with experts from the Technische Universität Braunschweig’s Institute for Construction Materials, Construction and Fire Safety (IBMB) and the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin’s Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine investigated this topic in the research project “HYBAU+ – Structural Hygiene in Hospitals”.


free of charge, available from: (reference: HYBAU2 English)