|[January 24, 2013]
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge Unveils Xenex's New Germ-Zapping "Robot" to Enhance Patient Safety
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
As the public health crisis of the 2013 flu season demonstrates, the
most critical step to ensure infection control begins with a clean
Hospital Cambridge recently became the first hospital in the Boston
area to implement Xenex
Healthcare Services' innovative germ-zapping
technology to further increase patient safety. The new portable room
disinfection device uses pulse xenon to deliver ultraviolet (UV) light
throughout patient rooms to quickly destroy viruses,
bacteria and bacterial spores. The Xenex device has been shown to
kill the influenza virus in less than two minutes.
"The clinicians and staff at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge have always
ensured we have infection rates well below national rates as we care for
a medically complex patient population who are often most at risk," said
Joanne Fucile, Vice President of Operations and Director of Nursing,
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. "Implementing this new�technology enables
us to go even further above and beyond to ensure the safety of our
patients and their families."
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge also erves the distinction of being the
first post acute care hospital in the U.S. to implement the Xenex
system. As a long term acute care hospital, Spaulding's patients run the
spectrum of complexity from minimally conscious and vegetative states to
patients�dependent on ventilators. Often their hospital stay is anywhere
from a month to several months to stabilize and recover after a major
injury or illness. Limiting exposure to the flu or other hospital
acquired infections (HAI) for these populations is a critical issue that
caregivers have been grappling with for years.
"At Xenex we take pride in partnering with our customers to create a
safer patient environment. Spaulding is a great example of this because
they've been able to tailor the use of our technology to meet their
specific needs, such as the disinfection of equipment rooms and fitness
areas in addition to their patient rooms," said Dr.
Mark Stibich, Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex. "We applaud
Spaulding for being the first facility in Boston to implement the Xenex
room disinfection system, and especially for their innovation and focus
on patient safety."
The implementation began as a pilot in early December but since gone
hospital wide allowing for an increased ability by the Spaulding
Hospital Cambridge staff to cover more areas. "Ben," as the staff have
affectionately named the robot, not only disinfects patient rooms but
has also been utilized to disinfect therapy gyms as well as common areas
to add another layer of patient safety.
Studies show�that the Xenex�system is consistently 20 times more
effective than standard chemical cleaning practices and�effective
against a variety of the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridium
difficile endospores (C. diff), MRSA, VRE, and Acinetobacter.
As the first post acute care hospital in the country to use the device,
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and Xenex will be collaborating on a
research study to examine approaches and best practices that other post
acute providers can utilize.
About Spaulding Hospital Cambridge
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge is a Medicare-certified Long Term Care
Hospital (LTCH) with 180 beds. A member of the Spaulding Rehabilitation
Network, it is a regional leader in health and elder care and accredited
by the Joint Commission. Its programs include complex medical, cardiac
care with telemetry, ventilator weaning, pulmonary care, oncology and
neurological rehabilitation, and post-organ transplant care. Specialty
services available include peritoneal and hemodialysis, pain management,
wound care and chemotherapy. For more information visit www.spauldingrehab.org.
About Xenex Healthcare Services
Xenex's patented pulsed xenon UV disinfection systems are utilized for
the advanced cleaning of the patient environment in healthcare
facilities. The Xenex system is the fastest, safest, most
cost-effective, and most portable and user-friendly system available
today among room disinfection technologies. Only Xenex uses pulsed xenon
and contains no mercury. Xenex's mission is to significantly reduce the
number of HAIs that impact the health and lives of millions of patients
and their families and become the new standard method for disinfection
in healthcare facilities worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.xenex.com.
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