CASE STUDY: Surgical Center Enhances Patient Safety With Disinfecting Program
Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge announced it is the first healthcare facility in southern Louisiana to deploy a Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot to destroy potentially lethal germs and bacteria lurking in rooms that can pose a risk to patient and employee safety.
The new Xenex Robot uses Full Spectrum pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge is using its LightStrike Robot to disinfect its 16 patient rooms and 10 Operating Rooms (ORs) at the end of the day after the rooms have been cleaned via traditional methods. They are also disinfecting the ORs before total joint cases to further reduce the risk of infection.
“We want to do everything within our means to provide a clean environment to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections,” said Ann Heine, CEO of Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge. “As we continue to focus on patient outcomes, we believe that one infection is too many. Patient safety is a top priority of ours and this investment underscores our commitment to the patients we serve.”
The portable Xenex system can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in 10-15 minutes without warm-up or cool-down times. It can be used in any department and in any unit within a healthcare facility, including isolation rooms, operating rooms, general patient care rooms, contact precaution areas, emergency rooms, bathrooms and public spaces.
The Xenex system has been credited by healthcare facilities across the U.S. for helping them reduce their infection rates significantly. Several hospitals have published their C.diff, MRSA and Surgical Site infection rate reduction studies in peer-reviewed journals - showing infection rate reductions in excess of 70 percent. Over 400 healthcare facilities in the U.S. are utilizing the Xenex technology, as well as hospitals in Canada, Africa, Japan, the UK, and throughout Europe.
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