Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Hospitals Try New Methods to Reduce Infections
U.S. hospitals are trying a wide range of new products in an
attempt to reduce the number of infections among patients.
These items include: machines that emit hydrogen peroxide or
ultraviolet light; germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons
and IV polls; and antimicrobial linens, curtains and wall paint,
However, there is no widely-accepted evidence that these
products have prevented infections among hospital patients.
In the U.S., about 1 in 20 patients pick up infections while in
hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these
hospital infections are linked to about 100,000 deaths a year and
add as much as $30 billion a year to health care costs, the
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