Wednesday, April 13, 2016
MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM USES NEW GERM BLASTING TECHNOLOGY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 13, 2016) …Memorial Health System continues its commitment to quality patient care and safety with the purchase of the Xenex Full-Spectrum UV room disinfection robot. The robot system will be used for the first time this week to destroy bacteria, viruses, mold and other pathogens such as C-diff, Ebola and MRSA. According to Michelle Grimm, Infection Control, “The disinfecting robots flash intense germicidal light to create the cleanest possible operating rooms, and the Xenex robots have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to significantly reduce infection rates at other facilities.”
The Xenex room disinfection system works by pulsing xenon, an inert gas, at a high intensity in a xenon ultraviolet flashlamp. This produces intense ultraviolet C (UVC) light which penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and spores. Their DNA is fused, rendering them unable to reproduce or mutate, effectively killing them on surfaces without contact or chemicals.
The portable system can be used in any department and any unit within a healthcare facility, reaching hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-reach places. A robot can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in five-minute cycles without warm-up or cool-down times.
Once standard cleaning procedures are completed by an environmental services associate, the Xenex robot is wheeled into the room and set for its automated sequence. The associate leaves the room, placing a sign outside warning people not to enter while the robot is in operation. A motion sensor on the robot automatically shuts off the machine if anyone should enter by accident.
“Patient safety is always our top priority,” says Scott Cantley, president and ceo of the Memorial Health System. “We are excited to add this new technology into our already strong infection prevention protocols so we can be even more proactive in protecting the health of our patients.”