A team from the Rutgers University School of Public Health determined that new technology could help hospitals prevent infections. Two suggestions were alarms for scheduled filter changes, and pressurized mats to ensure that staff is following required hand washing procedures. Airborne infection is greatly reduced with proper air circulation (air completely circulated six times per hour, twice with outside air). A European study showed that up to 40% of hospital infections were transmitted personally, so proper hand hygiene can greatly reduce those infections. Finally, robots that detect bacterial infections can be used to sanitize facilities and clinicians, resulting in a 35% drop in MRSA cases in one test hospital.
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