Modelling the transmission of health-care associated infections in Germany
Pathogens, responsible for health-care associated infections, are frequently transmitted between hospitals by transport or readmission of colonized or infected patients. The risk of transmission is thereby dependent on the referral structure of the respective health-care system. Studies from the UK and the Netherlands showed that a considerable amount of health-care infections could be prevented by strategic changes in the referral system. To date, there is no information about referral flows in Germany. In a first step of this project, the German referral system will be described as a hospital network based on data from health insurance companies. In a second step, the role of the network for the transmission of health-care associated infections will be investigated using mathematical modelling.