CINCINNATI - Cincinnati hospitals are ahead of the game when it comes to applying new technologies to attack the rate of healthcare-associated infections--ailments that patients can acquire while in a hospital, nursing home or other healthcare facility.
Traditional bleach-based cleanings only go so far to sanitize against bacteria and viruses that cause these infections, since the germs can survive for hours--even days--on hard surfaces counters, phones or handrails.
Once an infection sets in, the effect on the human body can be devastating, even deadly.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about one of every 20 hospitalized patients picks up an infection at a healthcare facility each day. About 99,000 patients die every year from a healthcare-associated infection.