12/19/2012

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 attracts bacteria is swabbed into the patient's nostrils, then a small laser is inserted that kills 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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