In an ongoing effort to improve patient safety, MountainView Hospital
today announced it is the first hospital in Nevada to use Xenex
Healthcare Services' innovative germ-zapping
room disinfection technology to keep patients even safer from infections.
"We're dedicated to a culture of safety for our patients," said Will
Wagnon, Chief Executive Officer at MountainView Hospital. "We are
continuously striving to eliminate the transmission of infections by
adhering to best practices, increasing surveillance - and now by using
the advanced technology of UV room disinfection."
Xenex's portable room
disinfection device pulses blue ultraviolet light throughout
MountainView's isolation rooms, Intensive Care Units (ICUs), and
Emergency Department (ED) to quickly destroy viruses, bacteria and
bacterial spores - typically in about 5-10 minutes per room. Uniquely
designed for ease of use and portability, MountainView is using the
Xenex device in rooms after they have been thoroughly cleaned by
"We're always looking for innovative ways to provide even better, safer
care for our community," remarked Jan Olivas, Patient Safety Officer at
MountainView Hospital. "We are committed to providing the best possible
care for every patient — and that means making sure they don't acquire
an infection while in the hospital."
MountainView Hospital is a customer of Sodexo
Inc., a world leader in healthcare environmental services management
which delivers infection control best practices to patients. Sodexo
selected Xenex as its preferred partner for disinfection of Sodexo
client facilities in 2011.
"Our housekeepers currently follow Center for Disease Control and state
DOH protocol when cleaning patient rooms and they do a good job," said
Eileen Kennedy, Sodexo Director of Environmental Services at
MountainView Hospital. "Xenex will support those efforts by providing
our patients with an extra measure of disinfection," she added.
Xenex systems are currently in use by hospitals throughout the U.S. and
have proven to be effective against a variety
of the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridium difficile
endospores (C. diff), MRSA, VRE and Acinetobacter. Studies
show the Xenex room disinfection system is consistently 20 times more
effective than standard chemical cleaning practices.
"We have heard repeatedly from our customers across the U.S. that our
device is enabling them to save patient lives because we are eliminating
the deadly superbugs which cause infections," said Dr.
Mark Stibich, Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex. "Our device can
disinfect patient rooms in just a matter of minutes, which means that we
fit into a hospital's day-to-day operations, which is unlike any other
technology on the market today."
Xenex's UV light room disinfection technology will help MountainView
Hospital further reduce the presence of bacteria - including
C. diff - a stubborn bacteria that's been on the rise
in hospitals across the country in recent years. The C. diff germ
can be found in the community and can be transmitted when a patient is
in any health care facility, including a hospital or a nursing home. C.
diff is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon and can
live in the environment for months.
"Because it's protected by a hard coating, a microorganism like C.
diff requires an even stronger weapon than standard hospital
cleaning products," said Dr. Stibich. "Our patented pulsed xenon UV
light disinfection technology penetrates the shell and eliminates the C.
diff spore in just a couple of minutes, which makes it feasible for
everyday use throughout an entire facility," he added.