Hospitals can make you more sick than healthy bacause of bacteria on poorly cleaned surfaces. Design can help make cleaning easier with simpler more modular products.

A followup to our story on Friday about healthcare and design innovation. Besides overhauling healthcare insurance in the US, there may need to be hospital insurance. @issue recently reported findings from a US government estimate that one in ten hospital patients catch a hospital-borne infection. Those illnesses contribute to about 90,000 deaths in the US annually. And studies have shown that one-third of these infections are considered preventable. How? With thorough sanitizing of surfaces as a start.

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