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Hospital gains weapon in fight against bacteria

March 20, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — As the invisible bacteria lurking in hospitals gets more deadly and more prevalent, hospitals have to find new ways to clean, according to The Inquirer.

On Tuesday, Doylestown Hospital revealed its newest high-tech weapon against these bacteria, a machine that zaps everything in a room with ultraviolet light 25,000 times brighter than the sun's, giving it the ability to even penetrate the defenses of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), the article stated.

According to the article, such machines can add time to the "terminal cleaning" process, putting them at odds with the need to cut costs and maximize efficiency; hospitals are also under pressure to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) as well as readmission rates.

Doylestown saw its own C. diff rate rise from 2.62 per 10,000 patient hours in 2009 to the current 5.7, and wanted to get ahead of the trend, the article noted.

While the hospital has started using the light-based infection control technology, it is too soon to tell if it is having an impact on infections rates, the article added.

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