Reorganization of nurse scheduling reduces the risk of healthcare associated infections
E Valdano, C Poletto, PY Boelle, V Colizza
We use time-referenced contact data measured by Sociopatterns sensors at a short-stay geriatric ward of a hospital in Lyon. After studying the activity pattern of nurses, we propose a proof-of-concept modeling study for hospital infection control based on the reorganization of care in a hospital ward through changes in the schedule of work shifts of nurses.
The reorganized schedule maintains full staff capacity at any given time, preserves all time-referenced contacts recorded in the dataset without affecting quality standards of medical services, and respects basic occupational constraints (weekly workload, length of a work shift).