Xenex UV Light Robots Make Veterans Affairs Hospitals Safer by Eliminating Deadly Superbugs in VA Facilities; Disinfection Systems Proven to Reduce Costs & Save Money

Each year, thousands of U.S. veterans contract potentially life-threatening infections while seeking care at Veterans Affairs (VA) treatment clinics and hospitals.

In addition to indescribable pain and suffering, healthcare associated infections (HAI) cause thousands of veteran deaths, and each infection can cost the government tens of thousands of dollars. Inadequately-disinfected surfaces within the VA facilities are often implicated in these infections.

VA hospitals are committed to eliminating infections and creating a safer, more effective healthcare system. Unfortunately, current hospital cleaning methods and chemicals have proven inadequate at eliminating deadly microorganisms in the healthcare environment.

An affordable new technology from Xenex Disinfection Services has been clinically proven to destroy deadly HAI pathogens such as C. difficile (C.diff), MRSA, VRE and Acinetobacter quickly and effectively. Xenex’s pulsed xenon UV room disinfection system has been studied by VA researchers, who report that it provides superior disinfection and quicker cleaning time than traditional cleaning.

Treating a single MRSA infection costs approximately $23,000; by contrast, the Xenex UV disinfection system eliminates MRSA and other superbugs from VA patient-care areas for less than $3 per room treatment cycle.

“In collaboration with the VA, Xenex is improving the quality of care at VA hospitals. Our goal is to enable them to be the safest hospitals in the country, and we are working to achieve this important milestone,” says Dr. Mark Stibich, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex. “We are seeing a significant uptick in purchasing activity from the VA hospitals across the U.S. as the 2013 fiscal year closes and hospitals use their remaining funds to purchase the devices.”

How & Why Pulsed Xenon UV Light Works

The Xenex robot uses a pulsed xenon lamp to emit germicidal ultraviolet light. Within a 5-10 minute disinfection cycle per room, this intense, broad-spectrum light destroys viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores. The robotic device produces ultraviolet C (UV-C), which penetrates the cell walls of bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and spores, causing the pathogens’ DNA to fuse instantly, rendering them unable to reproduce or mutate. Without contact or chemicals, the Xenex robot’s pulsed xenon light kills harmful microorganisms safely and effectively.

Many hospitals and VA facilities throughout the U.S. who use Xenex’s germ-zapping robots to disinfect patient care areas are reporting fewer hospital acquired infections. And since the Xenex device contains no mercury or hydrogen peroxide, it is the only environmentally friendly technology used in automated room disinfection. Xenex provides a clinically-proven, environmentally friendly and cost-effective method for the disinfection of healthcare facilities.

“Our goal is to make VA facilities safer for our nation’s veterans, while at the same time lowering the cost burden associated with treating these deadly infections. Many of our customers are reporting up to a 50:1 return on their investment in Xenex because of the Xenex system’s effectiveness,” said Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex. “We estimate that Xenex can save the VA $5 million annually in direct costs for room cleaning, $400 million in indirect costs, and may reduce annual deaths due to infections in VA hospitals by over 50 percent.”

New Technologies Improving Veteran Safety

In 2011, at the invitation of Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, Xenex participated in a House Committee on Veterans Affairs roundtable discussion. Xenex was one of only seven companies to present before the Subcommittee on Health at “Innovative Private Sector Technologies to Improve Patient Safety,” which gathered Congressional leaders, the VA, and other veteran service organizations to examine solutions to combat HAIs, and to create a safer VA healthcare system.

VA Studies Show Xenex Eliminates 99% of MRSA

Since then, Xenex’s room disinfection system has been thoroughly evaluated and proven effective. In a study led by Chetan Jinadatha MD, MPH, use of a Xenex system at the Central Texas VA Healthcare System (VISN-17) in Temple, Texas resulted in a 98.1 percent decrease in aerobic bacteria and a 99 percent reduction in MRSA contamination. This dramatic improvement in disinfection was achieved 23 percent faster than the current cleaning methods. Dr. Jinadatha’s groundbreaking work was featured on VA News, and word of his successful results has spread throughout the VA system. Another study, performed at the Temple VA and presented at VA National Research Day in 2012, demonstrated the cost savings and Return On Investment (ROI) achieved by using the Xenex system. Today, dozens of VA hospitals are using Xenex devices to create a safer environment for our nation’s veterans.

Xenex Robots — Easy to Implement

Xenex has a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract, making it easy for federal agencies, including VA hospital systems, to purchase and use Xenex room disinfection systems.
Individuals interested in learning more about the Xenex room disinfection system and its efficacy or in utilizing an interactive ROI model should contact Valerie Milam at valerie.milam@xenex.com or 800 553 0069.

About Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex’s patented Full Spectrum™ Pulsed Xenon UV Disinfection Solution is a pesticidal device used for the advanced cleaning of healthcare facilities. Due to its speed and ease of use, the Xenex system has proven to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations. The Xenex mission is to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses and spores that can cause hospital acquired infections in the patient environment, and to become the new standard method for disinfection in healthcare facilities worldwide.

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