THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Rose Medical Center first Colorado hospital to use Xenex UV system

Rose Medical Center recently became the first hospital in Colorado to utilize the Xenex Disinfection Services UV disinfection system, a robot that uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria that could cause an infection.

The Xenex UV system is scientifically proven to kill all highly classified microorganisms known to cause hospital acquired infections. The system is considered to be one of the safest, fastest and effective methods against HAIs. HAIs caused by pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile are the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Xenex system uses xenon ultraviolet light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy bacteria, bacterial spores, viruses and fungi. The unit is known to kill dangerous pathogens such as C. difficile, norovirus, influenza, staph bacteria and MRSA. The system can disinfect any room in minutes, and has a safety feature that causes it to automatically shut down if someone enters the room during a cleaning.

"At Rose the safety of the patient is always our top priority" Chief Nursing Officer at Rose Medical Center Lynne Wagner said. "There is a lot we can do with hospital-grade germicides and bleach to sterilize surfaces but there are always nooks and crannies that are hard to reach and some bugs like C. Difficile are even showing resistance to chemical disinfectants. That's why it was crucial for us to take this battle against hospital acquired infections to the next level and the Xenex robot allows us to do just that."