Latest hospital-acquired infections Stories

2009-06-03 15:18:00

Call it a Breathalyzer for the hands.Using sensors capable of detecting drugs in breath, new technology developed at University of Florida monitors health-care workers' hand hygiene by detecting sanitizer or soap fumes given off from their hands.By reminding workers to clean their hands to remove disease-causing organisms such as the bacteria MRSA, the system could help reduce hospital-acquired infections and save millions of dollars now spent to treat them.The trademarked system, called...

2008-11-06 11:17:54

Tel Aviv University researchers say they have developed a high-tech communication system to help stem the number of hospital-acquired infections. Yehuda Carmeli of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University said that the security system for preventing hospital-acquired infections integrates basic sanitary procedures, e-mail alerts and online communication to alert hospital staff of potential threats. "We stopped 45 percent of the primary hospital-borne organisms that attack...

2006-11-14 09:01:02

An estimated 90,000 people die in the U.S. each year because of hospital-acquired infections. In addition, two million hospital-acquired infection cases add between $7 billion and $30 billion to the nation's healthcare bill each year. The good news is that clinical studies have shown that these healthcare associated infections are largely preventable, and VHA Inc., the national health care alliance, is launching a national initiative to reduce and eliminate hospital-acquired...

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