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9:52 AM, Jun 29, 2011   |    comments
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Doctors are turning to duct tape as a new way to prevent the spread of infections in hospitals.

Researchers at Trinity Medical Center in the Quad cities created a three foot square box out of red duct tape on the hospital room floor of patients who were in isolation. The box started the doorway.

They found doctors and nurses could communicate with these patients without putting on protective gear -- like gowns and gloves -- when they stayed in the box.

Experts say the red box saved thousands of dollars a year in unused medical equipment, and improved communication between patients and hospital personnel.

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