|[May 05, 2014]
Epidemiologist Dr. Mark Stibich Available to Discuss MERS & How to Prevent Its Spread
SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)--
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed
the first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
coronavirus has been reported in Indiana. As hospitals and healthcare
facilities around the U.S. scramble to understand the virus and how to
protect their patients, Xenex
Disinfection Services "germ-zapping" robots
are successfully being utilized to destroy the MERS virus as well as
hundreds of other deadly pathogens that pose a threat to patient safety.
"As superbugs become increasingly drug resistant, it's imperative for
healthcare facilities to prevent the infection from occurring in the
first place, thereby greatly reducing the use of antibiotics.
Eliminating microorganisms like�MERS, C.diff�and
MRSA from the environment before they harm patients is what can and
should be done - right now," said Dr.
Mark Stibich, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex.
"This is already happening - and hospitals across the U.S. are reporting fewer
infections after using pulsed xenon UV room disinfection robots to
quickly destroy the deadly pathogens lurking in healthcare facilities."
Hospital cleanliness plays a role in the spread of Healthcare Associated
Infections (HAIs), which are caused by microorganisms such as MERS, Clostridium
difficile (C.diff), MRSA, Carbapenem-Resistant
Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Acinetobacter baumannii.
Epidemiologist and Xenex co-founder Dr.
Mark Stibich is available for media interviews to discuss MERS, how
to prevent the spread of MERS and other viruses, how UV room
disinfection works, what patients can do to protect themselves, and
other issues related to infectious diseases and hospital acquired
infections. As Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex,
Dr. Stibich oversees scientific research, new technology and product
development, facility assessments, and protocol design. He meets
frequently with infection prevention representatives at healthcare
facilities, helping them understand and solve their infection control
challenges. Dr. Stibich holds a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins
University School of Public Health, a Masters in Health Science, also
from Johns Hopkins, and a bachelor's degree from Yale University.
Contact Melinda Hart at 210 240 4669 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. Xenex epidemiologists
are also available to consult with healthcare facilities about MERS and
other dangerous microorganisms that pose a threat to patient safety,
infection control best practices and processes, and epidemiology
services for improved reimbursement (HCAHPS).
Solving a Global Health Crisis
Xenex's portable UV room disinfection system uses pulsed
xenon ultraviolet light to quickly destroy the viruses, bacteria,
mold, fungus and bacterial spores in the patient environment that cause
HAIs. Uniquely designed for ease of use and portability, the
germ-zapping robot is operated by hospital staff without disrupting
hospital operations. With a five minute disinfection cycle, the device
disinfects dozens of rooms per day, including patient rooms, operating
rooms (ORs), equipment rooms, emergency rooms, intensive care units
(ICUs) and public areas. The Xenex device contains no mercury and is the
only "green" technology used in automated room disinfection.
disinfection system has been repeatedly proven effective against C.diff
and MRSA in the laboratory and in patient outcome results at hospitals
utilizing Xenex devices. Peer
reviewed studies have proven that the Xenex technology is highly
effective and approximately 200 hospitals and Veterans Affairs (VA)
facilities in the U.S. are using the Xenex system. A study published in
the�American Journal of Infection Control�(August 2013)
reported that Cooley Dickinson Hospital (an affiliate of Massachusetts
General Hospital) experienced a 53 percent decrease in the rate of
hospital-acquired�C.diff�infections after implementing the
Xenex system. A study published in Journal of Infection Prevention�in
2013 reported that Cone Health experienced a 56 percent reduction
in its rate of hospital acquired MRSA infections after implementing an
infection prevention program that included Xenex's room disinfection
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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