Shining a (UV) Light on Hospital Infections April 10, 2019

Every year, 1.7 million Americans acquire infections from their stay in a hospital, nearly 100,000 of which are fatal. These infections, which occur as a result of bacteria like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile, are something health systems are constantly looking for new ways to battle. Testing of these lights at Penn began a little over five years ago as more studies provided its worth. Now, there is a rolling, six-foot-tall UV light device assigned to each floor of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with many units using one to rid their rooms of harmful organisms after every single discharge.

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