Focus: Infection Control

Healthcare facilities changing how they fight superbugs

May 29, 2019

Drugs to fight superbugs becoming more rare as drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus, Enterobacteriaceae and Clostridium difficile have been overcoming antibiotics, according to an article on the Newsweek website.

One study has found that the number of deaths due to resistant infections have quintupled between 2007 and 2015.

Medical experts are re-examining practices in healthcare facilities, putting in place more holistic strategies for managing the bacteria.

For instance, hospitals are beginning to use robots to disinfect walls with ultraviolet light. At Riverside Medical Center, south of Chicago, two robots disinfect more than 30 rooms a day.

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