Hospitals Report A Surge In Superbug-Fighting Products

NEW YORK (April 29, 2013)—About five percent of patients get a hospital-spread infection, and some of those are from hard-to-treat superbugs, health officials say.

The growing threat of the dangerous germs is driving hospitals to try new approaches, such as costly new robot-like machines to wipe them out.

But there is no good national evidence that these products reduce deaths or infection rates and some health officials say rigorous cleaning with bleach and other standard cleaning products should do the job.

Meanwhile, the government is cutting back Medicare payments to hospitals that can't keep infections under control.

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