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Rose Medical Center becomes first hospital in Colorado to implement Xenex disinfection system

Xenex Healthcare Services : 27 August, 2013  (Application Story)
Rose Medical Center becomes the first hospital in Colorado to install a germ-zapping robot that eliminates hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.

Xenex Disinfection Services' UV disinfection system claims to be the fastest, safest and most effective method for the advanced cleaning of hospital rooms, scientifically proven to destroy all major classes of microorganisms that cause hospital acquired infections (HAI).

HAIs, which are caused by deadly pathogens such as MRSA, Clostridium difficile (C diff), pneumonia and Acinetobacter, are the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Xenex disinfection device uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and even bacterial spores. The system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including C diff, norovirus, influenza and staph bacteria including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. In minutes the device can disinfect a patient room, patient bathroom or operating room by pulsing light, which washes over the surfaces where germs reside.

The Xenex system has been credited for helping other healthcare facilities in the US decrease their
MRSA and C diff infection rates. The Xenex UV disinfection system can disinfect a room in minutes and is easily portable, allowing it to be used in virtually any location within the hospital. Because the light is extremely intense, the machine operates on its own once it's set up in a room. For enhanced safety, a sign placed outside the door warns people not to enter, and a motion sensor automatically shuts off the machine if someone should enter.

"At Rose, the safety of the patient is always our top priority," said Lynne Wagner, Chief Nursing Officer at Rose Medical Center. "There is a lot we can do with hospital-grade germicides and bleach to sterilize surfaces, but there are always nooks and crannies that are hard to reach, and some bugs like C diff are even showing resistance to chemical disinfectants. That's why it was crucial for us to take this battle against hospital acquired infections to the next level, and the Xenex robot allows us to do just that."

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