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Mapping microbial stories: creative microbial aesthetic and cross-disciplinary intervention in understanding nurses’ infection prevention practices

Mapping microbial stories: creative microbial aesthetic and cross-disciplinary intervention in understanding nurses’ infection prevention practices
Mapping microbial stories: creative microbial aesthetic and cross-disciplinary intervention in understanding nurses’ infection prevention practices
Consistent implementation of hand-washing within the hospital environment remains a challenge in infection prevention (IP) procedures. IP is one of a number of measures to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). A cross-disciplinary team was assembled to experiment with different ways of visualising the microbial. The paper details a comparative experimental design where nurses (n=2) performed a series of routine care procedures in a mock-ward setting where traces of coloured ultra-violet glow-powders had been purposely placed, firstly with routine hand-washing and secondly without routine hand-washing. The results presented as a series of photos, video-clips, ethnographic observations and nurse interviews explore nurse-microbial relations and the potential for affective and embodied encounters with microbial worlds to generate new insight in IP. We argue for creating unfamiliar aesthetics that engage the sensate as an intervention in established IP education. The aesthetic rendered invisible microbes visible through techno-artistic practice. The performance term ‘devising’ was used to analyse the cross-disciplinary methodological process. Finally, we consider the potential for nurses to act as microbial citizens as they extend their care for the human to entail the need to care for the microbial, perhaps not to kill but to relocate the risky pathogen, as part of a commitment to multispecies living in a world with AMR.
Aesthetics, cross-disciplinary research, embodied knowledges, experiment, hand hygiene, infection prevention, microbial worlds, practice
Roe, Emma
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Veal, Charlotte
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Hurley, Paul
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Roe, Emma
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Veal, Charlotte
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Hurley, Paul
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Roe, Emma, Veal, Charlotte and Hurley, Paul (2019) Mapping microbial stories: creative microbial aesthetic and cross-disciplinary intervention in understanding nurses’ infection prevention practices. Geo: Geography and Environment, 6 (1), [e00076]. (doi:10.1002/geo2.76).

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Consistent implementation of hand-washing within the hospital environment remains a challenge in infection prevention (IP) procedures. IP is one of a number of measures to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). A cross-disciplinary team was assembled to experiment with different ways of visualising the microbial. The paper details a comparative experimental design where nurses (n=2) performed a series of routine care procedures in a mock-ward setting where traces of coloured ultra-violet glow-powders had been purposely placed, firstly with routine hand-washing and secondly without routine hand-washing. The results presented as a series of photos, video-clips, ethnographic observations and nurse interviews explore nurse-microbial relations and the potential for affective and embodied encounters with microbial worlds to generate new insight in IP. We argue for creating unfamiliar aesthetics that engage the sensate as an intervention in established IP education. The aesthetic rendered invisible microbes visible through techno-artistic practice. The performance term ‘devising’ was used to analyse the cross-disciplinary methodological process. Finally, we consider the potential for nurses to act as microbial citizens as they extend their care for the human to entail the need to care for the microbial, perhaps not to kill but to relocate the risky pathogen, as part of a commitment to multispecies living in a world with AMR.

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Accepted Manuscript Mapping Microbes 5th March 2019 Roe, Veal and Hurley - Accepted Manuscript
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Accepted/In Press date: 5 March 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 15 April 2019
Published date: 2019
Keywords: Aesthetics, cross-disciplinary research, embodied knowledges, experiment, hand hygiene, infection prevention, microbial worlds, practice

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Local EPrints ID: 429035
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429035
PURE UUID: 671439ec-07cc-49f5-8e40-3dfcb19de5a5
ORCID for Emma Roe: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4674-2133

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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2019 17:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 01:54

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Author: Emma Roe ORCID iD
Author: Charlotte Veal
Author: Paul Hurley

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