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Cooley Dickinson hospital reduces C diff infections by 53 percent with UV light disinfection system

Xenex Healthcare Services : 23 August, 2013  (Company News)
A study demonstrates that the use of high-intensity, broad spectrum ultraviolet light decreased the rate of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile (C diff), and C diff-related deaths and colectomies (removal of the colon) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.


Published in the August 2013 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control the peer-reviewed journal article summarizes one year's results - January 2011 through January 2012 - when Cooley Dickinson Hospital's infection prevention team saw a 53 percent decrease in hospital-associated C diff, a virulent germ that can cause diarrhea, sepsis, and death.



The results came about after Cooley Dickinson Hospital staff used Xenex Disinfection Services' portable ultraviolet (UV) room disinfection robots throughout the 140-bed facility.



Hospital-acquired infections are a leading cause of death in the United States, killing roughly 100,000 Americans a year. A 2008 study published by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America found that fewer than 50 percent of surfaces get cleaned after a patient leaves a hospital room. Some germs, like C diff, can live in the hospital environment for months.


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