April 29, 2013
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By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical WriterYahoo! Finance Logo

“Beyond products to disinfect a room, there are tools to make sure doctors, nurses and other hospital staff are properly cleaning their hands when they come into a patient’s room. Among them are scanners that monitor how many times a health care worker uses a sink or hand sanitizer dispenser.

Still, ‘technology only takes us so far,’ said Christian Lillis, who runs a small foundation named after his mother who died from a C-diff infection.

Lillis said the hospitals he is most impressed with include Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, where thorough cleanings are confirmed with spot checks. Fluorescent powder is dabbed around a room before it’s cleaned and a special light shows if the powder was removed. That strategy was followed by a 28 percent decline in C-diff, he said.”

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