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HAIs Are Becoming a Cause for Worry Across the World, Scientists Trying New Methods to Deal with the Problem

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Published on : Jun 14, 2016

The average infection can usually be taken care by a quick visit to the doctor followed by a routine intake of conventional prescription drugs. The same cannot be said, however, about infections and pneumonia acquired within the hospital. Most patients who are already in a hospital for treatment are subjected to antibiotics and have a weakened immune system, making them less resistant to incoming infections. This is one of the bigger reasons why a hospital environment needs to be kept as sterile as possible. A patient actually contracts an HAI when there is either little care taken to clean the hospital, or when improper administration of surgery or drugs is done. Another methods HAIs spread through is direct contact between patients, or between a patient and the environment. Common symptoms of HAIs include fever, pain, irregular discharge, inflammation, and abscesses.

Canadians Fear HAIs
In a recent study, it was shown that 7 of 10 Canadians are actually afraid to enter the hospitals over the chances of contracting HAIs. The Canadian Healthcare Worry Index shows that the fear of HAIs is a more than the fear of being the victim of a medical error. Growing awareness of HAIs combined with knowledge of the HAI related mortality rate, along with the spreading of false information are all contributing to the heightened levels of fear among Canadians.

UV Light to Help Kill Hospital Germs
One of the more novel methods being studied to counter the rising prevalence of hospital acquired infections is the use of ultraviolet light. According to a 2015 study, hospital rooms are often left unclean between the transition from patient to patient in a room. Most of the time, housekeepers are extremely busy multitasking to pay perfect attention to the task at hand. In order to aid the helpers, the study devised a way to kill most of the germs in an easier way. According to the study, over 90% of the surfaces can be kept perfectly clean, through the use of ultraviolet light shone while performing deep cleaning.