Starting next month, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital will be adding a new layer to patient safety measures. In order to help combat hospital acquired infections, the hospital will be bringing in a disinfection system called Xenex. Snoqualmie is the first hospital in Washington to implement the Xenex disinfection device.
“By using this device, we can assure potential patients that we have adopted the latest technology available in order to protect them from getting hospital acquired infections,” said Tom Parker, chief operations officer for the hospital.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., more than 2 million people annually contract an infection while in the hospital. When a patient contracts an infection, the average additional hospital costs are over $15,000.
The new portable room disinfection system uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores.
before they can endanger patients. The system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza and staph bacteria.
Even though the patient rooms will still be cleaned by housekeeping staff, the device will be an additional safety measure. The Xenex system can disinfect a room in minutes and is easily portable, allowing it to be used in virtually any location within the hospital, including patient rooms, equipment rooms, emergency rooms and public areas.