Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) today announced it is the first health system in California to use the Xenex PX-UV disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms. The Xenex system is the fastest, safest and most cost-effective method for the advanced cleaning of hospital rooms in the world today, scientifically proven to destroy all major classes of microorganisms that cause hospital acquired infections (HAIs), such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. diff).
“Innovative health care systems like PPH are investing in Xenex disinfection technology to make their patients safer”
HAIs (also referred to as healthcare associated infections), such as MRSA, C. diff, pneumonia and staph infections, are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Xenex PX-UV disinfection system uses pulsed xenon technology to deliver high-intensity, broad spectrum ultraviolet light to quickly kill microorganisms on surfaces and in the air without contact or chemicals. The UV penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms, essentially fusing their DNA, leading to instant damage, the inability to reproduce or mutate, and killing the organism.
"Hospital acquired infections are of concern for all of us," said Jerry Kolins, M.D., Medical Director of Laboratories, PPH. "We want to insure patient rooms are free from microorganisms that cause infections, and we hope this new technology will provide the safest rooms for our patients and save lives."
The Xenex system has been proven effective on a variety of the most dangerous "superbugs" in several independent labs in the U.S. and internationally. In hospital trials, Xenex has consistently shown to be more than 20 times more effective than standard cleaning practices. The system is also capable of disinfecting a typical patient room in as little as five minutes.