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Steps to Preventing Infection in Hospitals

As many as one in 10 patients hospitalized in the United States will come down with an infection which is oftentimes due to the care that is supposed to be restoring health. These infections afflict nearly two million patients a year. They also cause close to 100,000 deaths and cost up to $6.5 billion. The Wall Street Journal has come up with ways to prevent infection in health-care settings. The first is to clean all medical equipment and patient rooms. Also, the use of a shower-sized cubicle with a fogging mechanism inside called SUDS could greatly reduce the bacteria. The paper recommends washing ill patients daily with a mild antibacterial soup. This can cut bloodstream infections dramatically. A very practical way to reduce infections is to enact reporting laws for hospitals. Hospitals should use diagnostic tests to identify infected patients within hours, rather than days. To read more tips for decreasing infections, please click the link.

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