Hospitals Invest in Technology to Fight Infections

By Seeking Justice | May 15, 2013 |

An estimated 100,000 patients die every year from hospital-acquired infections. Despite progress in reducing infections caused by methicillin-resistant staph and other organisms, the number of people sickened by the Clostridium difficile pathogen has risen. With an onslaught of superbugs to eliminate from their premises, hospitals have begun experimenting with technologies and strategies to reduce infection rates, the Associated Press reports.

Hospital sanitation technology is now a multimillion-dollar market that is expected to reach $80 million over the next three years. A range of options is available for hospitals that are looking to eliminate pathogens from their facilities. New ultraviolet light-emitting devices have been found to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections, by eliminating germs from intensive care units as well as patient rooms.

That reduces the risk of infection when a new patient moves into a hospital room that was previously occupied by a patient with an infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently analyzed the effectiveness of these devices and found that they help eliminate pathogens from hospitals. In fact, ultraviolet light-emitting technologies seem to be the most successful in reducing infection rates, with many hospitals that use these reporting substantial drops in infection rates.

In some hospitals, a special fluorescent powder that is dabbed around patient rooms before they are cleaned. A special light indicates whether the powder was removed during the cleaning process. This seems like a simple technique, but one hospital that used the technique said it contributed to a 28 percent drop in C. diff infections.

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