|[March 06, 2013]
Xenex's Superbug Zapping "Robot" Eliminates CRE; Being Used to Fight Hospital Infections and Enhance Patient Safety
SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)--
As major news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA
Today and CBS News have recently reported, U.S. hospitals are
engaged in a ferocious battle against the deadly pathogens and multi
drug-resistant organisms (MDROs) which cause healthcare associated
The Xenex "robot" uses pulse xenon to deliver UV light throughout patient rooms, operating rooms (ORs), equipment rooms, emergency rooms, intensive care units (ICUs) and public areas to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores in just 5-10 minutes per room. (Photo: Business Wire)
Hospital cleanliness plays a role in the spread of HAIs, which are
caused by microorganisms such as Clostridium difficile (C.
diff), MRSA, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Acinetobacter
baumannii. Hospital cleaning teams are not able to disinfect all the
surfaces in patient rooms in the allotted time, with research showing
that more than half of the surfaces remain untouched. Some superbugs
such as C. diff are showing resistance to disinfectants, making
them even more difficult to eliminate. Others, like CRE, have
developed a resistance to antibiotics, making them nearly impossible to
HAIs are responsible for approximately 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each
year - and many patients aren't aware that they may contract an
infection as a result of their hospital stay. Innovative hospitals
throughout the U.S. including MD Anderson Cancer Center, WellStar Health
System, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and Cooley Dickinson
Hospital are utilizing a portable room
disinfection system from Xenex
Healthcare Services to make their patients safer.
The Xenex "robot"
uses pulse xenon to deliver ultraviolet (UV) light throughout patient
rooms, operating rooms (ORs), equipment rooms, emergency rooms,
intensive care units (ICUs) and public areas to destroy viruses,
bacteria and bacterial spores in just 5-10 minutes per room. Uniquely
designed for ease of use and portability, a hospital's environmental
services staff can operate the Xenex device without disrupting hospital
operations or requiring the use of expensive chemicals. A Xenex device
can disinfect over 30 rooms per day, so hospitals use them continuously
to reduce contamination levels throughout their facilities.
"The most important step in infection control begins with a clean
environment and that's what Xenex's room disinfection system
accomplishes. In just 5-10 minutes per room, our device can eliminate
the deadly microorganisms and superbugs that cause infections. We have
proven repeatedly that the science of our pulsed xenon light makes it
incredibly effective against the most challenging bacteria, viruses and
even C. diff spores," said Dr. Mark
Stibich, Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex. "Every week we hear
reports from our customers that they are experiencing fewer patient
infections as a result of using our device, which is extremely
gratifying. We are in a war against deadly superbugs - and Xenex is a
proven weapon in this battle."
Xenex systems have proven to be effective against a variety of the most
dangerous superbugs and studies show the Xenex room disinfection
system is consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical
cleaning practices. A recent study performed at MD Anderson Cancer
Center demonstrated that the Xenex system was more effective than bleach
in reducing C. diff in patient rooms.
"The Xenex robots have enabled Cooley Dickinson Hospital to not only
lower our infection rates, they have been responsible for saving lives,"
Joanne Levin, medical director of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Infection Prevention Program. "In 2012, we were able to reduce C. diff
infections by 53 percent, which is huge."
And while Xenex is focused on eliminating deadly pathogens which are
resistant to traditional cleaning chemicals and antibiotics, some
customers are crediting their Xenex system for a reduction in the spread
of flu and norovirus in their facilities. A customer recently used its
Xenex system to halt a norovirus outbreak, which was brought into the
hospital by a visitor. According to the hospital, several patients and
staff members on the floor visited by the infected person quickly
developed symptoms. The hospital used the Xenex system to disinfect the
rooms, computers and medical equipment where the outbreak occurred.
"With our proven ability to stop norovirus in its tracks, we are excited
by the possibility to stop the spread of these viruses that adversely
affect hospitals, cruise ships and hotels. By halting the spread of the
virus we are helping facilities prevent these episodes, which is a big
step forward in infection control," said Morris
Miller, CEO of Xenex.
Xenex devices are made in the U.S. and friendlier to the environment
than cleaning chemicals or UV devices using toxic mercury. Xenex is the
only company to offer a xenon-based room disinfection product that is
patented, tested, and proven to deliver a germicidal dose of UV-C light
capable of killing C. diff in five minutes or less.
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. 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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