Concord Hospital Implements New Technology to Enhance Patient Safety
In an ongoing effort to improve patient safety, Concord Hospital is the first hospital in New Hampshire to use Xenex Healthcare Services’ innovative germ-killing technology to reduce patient infections.
Xenex’s room disinfection system is a portable device that can be wheeled into any vacant patient room allowing for the systematic disinfection of the space. The system uses pulsed xenon technology to deliver high-intensity, broad spectrum ultraviolet light (UV) to quickly kill microorganisms on surfaces and in the air without contact or chemicals. The UV light penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms leading to instant damage, inability of the microorganism to reproduce or mutate, and ultimately killing the organism – typically in 5-10 minutes. Uniquely designed for ease of use and portability, Concord Hospital Environmental Services staffs activate the Xenex device in a patient room after thorough cleaning of the room, without disrupting hospital operations.
Xenex systems have been scientifically proven in several hospitals, including Moses Cone Health System, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Temple Texas Veterans Affairs Hospital, and more locally, Cooley Dickenson Hospital in Massachusetts. According to Cooley Dickenson Hospital’s recent poster presentation at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) conference in Atlanta, GA, use of the Xenex systems at their hospital significantly reduced the number of Clostridium difficile infections by 67 percent in 2011.
Xenex systems destroy all major classes of microorganisms that cause hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), C. diff. (Clostridium difficile), VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus) and norovirus. Studies show that the Xenex room disinfection system is consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning processes.
Infection Prevention Officer Lynda Caine said, “I am proud to have the Xenex technology as the newest addition to the Environmental Services Department to enhance cleaning of our patient rooms. Xenex does not replace any steps in the cleaning process, rather is a highly effective, germ-killing tool, that will help make our patients that much safer.”
To learn more about the Xenex system, visit xenex.com.