Friday, 19 November 2010

Promising New Light Therapy for Treatment of Hospital-Acquired Superbug Infections

Scientists in Glasgow have developed a lighting system that they claim can destroy the deadly superbug MRSA. According to researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, the lighting system works by stimulating the molecules within the MRSA. This produces highly reactive chemicals inside the bacteria, which are actually lethal to it. The lighting system decontaminates surfaces through visible light wavelengths.

Clinical trials have already been conducted at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The trial suggests that the lighting system, which is called the HINS -Light Environmental Decontamination System, could do a much better job of eliminating pathogens in hospitals and other healthcare facilities than traditional cleaning and disinfection procedures. Some of the deadliest MRSA infections originate in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and spread mainly through contaminated surfaces.

Current methods of controlling MRSA and preventing infections are inadequate. There is only so much that chemicals and disinfectants can do. Other stronger methods of killing aggressive MRSA organisms, like gas sterilizing products or ultraviolet light can actually be hazardous to patients. However, the new technology makes no use of toxic gas, and is much stronger than disinfectants. It uses violet light, but can be combined with LED technology to a warm white lighting system that can safely be used alongside traditional hospital lights.

Arizona medical malpractice lawyers will find this an exciting development, because for the first time, there is a product that not only instantly eliminates deadly infection-causing MRSA bacteria, but also keeps hospital staff and patients safe from any dangerous side effects. The product can be used easily, without any risk to the health of patients.

Approximately 90,000 patients in American hospitals contract MRSA superbug infections every year. Those numbers have stayed high despite growing awareness about these infections and hospital education campaigns to minimize the incidence of these infections.

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