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Stamford Hospital deploys portable room disinfection device to enhance patient safety

Xenex Healthcare Services : 12 December, 2012  (Application Story)
Stamford Hospital is the first and only hospital in Connecticut to use Xenex Healthcare Services' innovative disinfection technology to improve patient safety.


The new portable room disinfection device uses pulsed xenon to deliver ultraviolet (UV) light throughout patient rooms to quickly destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores, including a variety of the most dangerous and hard-to-kill superbugs such as Clostridium difficile spores (C diff), MRSA, VRE and Acinetobacter. The technology is used in addition to the extensive cleaning services provided by the hospital's Environmental Services team.



"We investigated several high level disinfection options and found that Xenex does a thorough job of quickly killing all major classes of microorganisms without contact or chemicals," said Dr Michael Parry, Director, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Stamford Hospital. "We have a strong infection prevention program in place, and the Xenex technology allows us to be even more proactive in protecting the health of our patients and staff."



After the room has been thoroughly cleaned, the Environmental Services staff opens all drawers, blinds, curtains and exposes objects and high-touch areas where bacteria may be present to UV light. The Xenex technology is positioned in turn on each side of the bed and in the restroom, each round taking about five minutes to do the job. Other medical equipment that needs disinfecting can be placed in the room at the same time.



"Stamford Hospital is raising the bar for patient safety in Connecticut," said Dr Mark Stibich, Chief Scientific Officer for Xenex. "They have embraced our room disinfection technology as part of their infection control solution to provide their patients with the safest experience possible. We are confident that our device is going to help them because hospitals around the US are reporting fewer hospital-acquired infections after using our technology in their facilities."


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