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Medical News & Perspectives
November 28, 2012

Scientists Probe Strategies to Curb Hospital-Acquired Infections

JAMA. 2012;308(20):2069-2070. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.50841

A 6-foot–tall rolling robot that emits UV light may help reduce colonization of hospital surfaces by such problematic pathogens as Clostridium difficile, Acinetobacter, and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), according to research findings presented at IDWeek 2012, a scientific meeting held by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

The robot study was one of many reports presented from research that is probing the effectiveness of various strategies to curb hospital-acquired infections. Another presentation, from a large randomized trial, suggested that regularly bathing all patients in intensive care units (ICUs) with the antiseptic chlorhexidine may prevent the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).