|[September 23, 2013]
Air Force Base Medical Center Chooses Xenex UV Light Room Disinfection System to Enhance Patient Safety; Xenex Wins First Department of Defense Contract
SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)--
A federal medical center in Las Vegas is taking a leap forward in
patient safety with the addition of Xenex Disinfection Services' germ-zapping
robot to help the medical center fight the spread of healthcare
associated infections (HAI) by using the robot to disinfect rooms,
equipment and surfaces throughout the hospital. The portable device uses ultraviolet
light to quickly eliminate deadly pathogens and destroy multi-drug
resistant organisms that put patients at risk. The military hospital in
Las Vegas joins dozens of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals across the
nation in utilizing the Xenex room disinfection system, which has been
credited for helping other healthcare facilities in the U.S. decrease
their MRSA, VRE, norovirus and C.diff infection rates.
The Xenex room disinfection system uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C)
light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to quickly
destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even bacterial spores.
Published, peer-reviewed environmental
and outcome studies in leading journals such as American Journal
of Infection Control have proven that the Xenex UV
disinfection system is consistently 20 times more effective than
standard chemical cleaning practices and effective against a variety of
the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridum difficile
endospores (C.diff), VRE, and staph bacteria like
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. The
Xenex system can disinfect a room in minutes and is easily portable,
allowing it to be used in virtually any location within the hospital.
Military hospitals are committed to eliminating infections and creating
a safer, more effective healthcare system for our active military and
veterans. Unfortunately, current hospital cleaning methods and chemicals
have proven inadequate at eliminating deadly microorganisms in the
healthcare environment. Each year, thousands of military members
contract potentially life-threatening infections while seeking care at
military hospitals. In addition to indescribable pain and suffering,
hospital acquired infections cause thousands of deaths, and each
infection can cost the government tens of thousands of dollars.
Inadequately disinfected surfaces within the hospital facilities are
often implicated in these infections.
Xenex's pulsed xenon UV
room disinfection system has been studied by VA researchers, who
report that it provides superior disinfection and quicker cleaning time
than traditional cleaning. Treating a single MRSA infection costs
approximately $23,000; by contrast, the Xenex UV disinfection system
eliminates MRSA and other superbugs from VA patient care areas for less
than $3 per room treatment cycle.
"Xenex devices are proven to destroy the deadly pathogens that cause
infections. Innovative hospitals that are focused on patient safety and
improving the quality of care of their patients are embracing our room
disinfection system because it works. Our goal is to enable our military
hospitals to be the safest hospitals in the country, and we are working
to achieve this important milestone," said Dr.
Mark Stibich, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex.
"Many hospitals and VA facilities throughout the U.S. who use Xenex's
germ-zapping robots to disinfect patient care areas are reporting fewer
hospital acquired infections. And since the Xenex device contains no
mercury or hydrogen peroxide, it is the only 'green' technology used in
automated room disinfection," said Morris
Miller, CEO of Xenex. "Xenex provides a clinically proven, green and
cost-effective method for the disinfection of healthcare facilities."
Xenex has a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA (News - Alert)) contract, making
it easy for federal agencies to purchase and use Xenex room disinfection
systems. Individuals interested in learning more about the Xenex room
disinfection system and its efficacy or in utilizing an interactive ROI
model should contact Valerie Milam at email@example.com
or 800 553 0069.
About Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex's patented pulsed xenon UV room disinfection system is a
pesticidal device used for the advanced cleaning of healthcare
facilities. Due to its speed and ease of use, the Xenex system has
proven to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations. The
Xenex mission is to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses and spores that
can cause hospital acquired infections in the patient environment, and
to become the new standard method for disinfection in healthcare
facilities worldwide. For more information, visit www.xenex.com.
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