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UV light robot to clean hospital rooms could help ?stop spread of ‘superbugs’

Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person? According to new research out of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, that is indeed the case. Chetan Jinadatha, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and chief of infectious diseases at the Central Texas [...]

Infections in joint surgery: High risk for fracture patients

Surgical site infections (SSI) are among the most common hospital-acquired infections. An analysis by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that they occur in 0.7 percent of knee replacement surgeries and one percent of hip replacements. SSI are among the most common causes for the rejection of the prostheses in hip [...]

A world’s first: light-activated antimicrobial surface developed that also works in the dark

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light – even under modest indoor lighting. And in a first for this type of substance, it also shows impressive [...]

Success reported in efforts to lower health care-associated infections

Efforts to lower the incidence of dangerous infections acquired by patients in the hospital or other care settings and a federal strategy to improve those activities are the subject of a series of articles published by the journal Medical Care. Researchers found that a federally sponsored plan to lower health care-acquired infections was successful in [...]

Should hospitals offer all patients single rooms?

The Scottish government has decided that all new hospitals should have 100% single rooms to offer privacy and reduce hospital acquired infections. On bmj.com, two experts debate the issue. Hugh Pennington, Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, argues that single rooms in hospitals “are important in preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections.” [...]