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UK Health Organizations Fight HAIs Through New Technologies

Patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be among the first in the country to benefit from new infection-beating technologies as the organization is named as a showcase trust. The Trust is one of only seven organizations in the UK to test a range of new healthcare-associated infection technologies including a vapor decontaminating robot.

In its role as a designated showcase trust it will test the effectiveness, practicality and patient experience of six new technologies that have been designed to reduce levels of infection, especially methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile.

The showcase organizations will give expert help to make the most successful products more widely available.

The Trust’s showcase project manager, Anthony Sewell, said, “What this means is that we are speeding up the time it takes for proven infection prevention technologies to be introduced into a healthcare setting. While our patients will be the first to benefit, the work we are doing will enable hospitals across the country to fight infections like MRSA and C. difficile more effectively.”

The technologies being trialed include a vapor decontaminating robot that works by measuring the dimensions of a sealed room and then emitting hydrogen peroxide vapor, which is proven to kill antibiotic-resistant organisms such as MRSA on surfaces including monitors and ventilators.

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