Vancouver hospital shines a light on infectious bacteria

12/18/2012 | Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), The

Vancouver General Hospital reduced surgical site infections and readmissions in a pilot project to test photo-disinfection combined with antibacterial body wipes before surgery. A dye that binds to bacteria is swabbed into the patient's nostrils, then light from a laser is pulsed into the nostrils to kill the bacteria. "If you could decrease the amount of bacteria on somebody's body, then you can reduce the risk of having an infection after the surgery," said Dr. Elizabeth Bryce, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority's director for infection control.

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