WEB EXTRA: Preventing Health Care-Associated Infections

Updated: 09/26/2013 12:22 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

A local hospital is turning to robots to do its dirty work.

Fairview Southdale is employing three robots to eliminate hard-to-kill bugs. The futuristic machines use powerful ultraviolet lights to destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Hospital officials say it only takes minutes and enhances patient safety.

Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients get during the course of receiving health care treatment for other conditions. Here's a look at recent statistics about HAIs and ongoing prevention efforts:

Centers for Disease Control Statistics on Health Care-Associated Infections

Pathogens Associated with HAIs

Types of Infections

Monitoring Health Care-Associated Infections

Ten Things You Can Do to Be a Safe Patient

Minnesota Activities to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections

State Laws on Reporting Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates

Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID)

Best Practices and Guidance for Preventing HAIs