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Bright idea aims to minimize hospital-acquired infections

On an average day, 1 in 25 patients has at least one infection contracted from a hospital visit, according to a recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based on data collected in 2011.

“Individuals can go into a hospital and end up even more sick than when they enter,” said Colleen Costello, a young biomedical engineer, who realized the magnitude of this problem when her grandmother contracted MRSA during a hospital stay. Her company, Vital Vio, is trying to tackle the issue by creating bacteria-killing lights.

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