Some news reports have staying power. For example, people still talk about a report about dirty hotel bedspreads that was filed in 1996 by Chicago investigative television journalist Dave Savini. (Unfortunately—and surprisingly—Outliers couldn't find a copy on YouTube.)
Savini produced his 3½-minute ticket to television immortality when he was with the local NBC affiliate, and he now works for the local CBS station. Veteran newspaper reporter turned blogger Robert Feder uncovered that Savini was perhaps working on a similar report for hospitals and wrote that Savini was soliciting tips about “dirty hospitals or hospital beds and hospital bathrooms” on his Facebook page. One installment has already aired about Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, but it didn't cite much scientific evidence.
Feder writes that Savini, in his landmark hotel investigation, included scenes of a forensic scientist in a lab coat and protective gear passing an ultraviolet light over hotel bedding and that “evidence of bodily secretions and fluids were everywhere.”
Savini could not be reached for comment, but Feder writes that Savini promises that “a new big undercover investigation is on the way soon.” So, if hospital staffers see an ultraviolet glow coming from a patient's room, there might be something more going on than a patient admiring the “black light” poster a visitor brought them.