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Infection Control System Reduces MRSA Infections 56 Percent
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MRSA is a bacterial infection that is becoming resistant to antibiotics. While 25 to 30 percent of people may carry the bacteria, it can become life threatening to those weakened by disease or surgery. “For years, hospitals have kept a sharp eye out for MRSA, urged staff to clean their hands and cleaned rooms as thoroughly as we could. But this doesn’t always work,” says Cone Health Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary Jo Cagle. “Adding pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to the mix is an innovative approach, and one that we find works well.”
A study by Cone Health looked at MRSA infection rates during a six-month period from July 2011 to Jan. 2012 at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Annie Penn Hospital. The rates of hospital acquired MRSA infections were monitored before and after the additional infection preventions were put into place. Pulsed xenon ultraviolet light was provided using room disinfection devices developed by Xenex Healthcare Services. Xenex’s patented pulse xenon UV disinfection system is a pesticidal device used for the advanced environmental cleaning of healthcare facilities. The Xenex system has been repeatedly shown to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations because of its speed and ease of use.
In this study, once the patient left, the room was thoroughly cleaned with traditional cleaning methods. Then the vacuum-cleaner sized Xenex device was brought in and used in three different areas of the room, adding a total of 10 minutes to the room cleaning time. The device flashes a broad spectrum, high intensity ultraviolet light, which reaches high-touch surfaces and many areas out of reach of housekeepers. The germicidal light destroys the ability of pathogens—such as MRSA—to reproduce.
Xenex Healthcare Services
San Antonio, TX.