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Tuesday, April 30 2013, 06:43 AM EDT
Dayton Children's Employs Technology to Fight Infection
DAYTON -- Infection can be a killer in a hospital, and with all the news about "superbugs" that are drug resistant, hospitals are turning to technology in the fight to keep you safe.

Anti-bacterial soap and hand-sanitizer is a staple at every hospital. You will spot it in nearly every corner.

"Communication is key, so we definitely do a lot of marking with the cards on the doors so we know exactly what we're getting into. How we protect ourselves, our patients, and families, as well as all the other patients we see," said Dr. Ranjana Sinha, a Pediatric Doctor at Dayton Children's Medical Center.

She explains how they take their cleansing of any infectious disease one step further by using an ultraviolet light to kill any lingering bacteria. It turns on and takes about 15 minutes per room.

"Kind of the wave of the future, incorporating what we know and what we've used based on research and evidence and use the newer technology to sort of supplement and augment what we already know," said Dr. Sinha.

"Our goal is to get to zero for anything that could harm a patient," said Dr. Tammy Lundstrom, the Chief Medical Officer at Premier Health, which includes Miami Valley Hospital.

They also isolate patients and take every necessary precaution.    

"Handwashing is a big one, health care workers as well as patients and families, and visitors," said Dr. Lundstrom.

Some of the nation's hospitals have gone as far as changing the linens, the curtains, even the wall paint in hospital rooms, but Premier Health reps say the research doesn't back it up, so they just haven't taken that step.

"New technologies that show some promise, but really haven't been shown to reduce infections. So we're really concentrating on following the basics, every time with every patient."

It is the basics all hospitals can never afford to overlook.Dayton Children's Employs Technology to Fight Infection

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