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Christus St. Vincent tries ultraviolet lamp to cut infection rate

For patients who are elderly or frail, going into a hospital can be deadly. Despite skilled doctors and new surgical technologies, hospital infections such as Clostridium difficile, known as “C. diff,” can take hold in those with a weakened immune system or who have undergone treatment with antibiotics.  Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center is now tackling its infection rate on multiple fronts with more staff and visitor education on simple things such as hand washing and with a Star Wars-like light machine that kills pathogens in patient rooms.

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