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Influenza Season Worse Than Many Prior
This year’s flu season is poised to set new and worrisome records. The percentage of visits to healthcare facilities for influenza-like-illness are higher than every year since 2003.
“The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) increased sharply to 9.1% for the week ending January 6, 2018.” - CDC Influenza Resource Page
While we hope many of those visits result in a negative test and a brief cold, we recognize many thousands will feel the full impact of the influenza virus this year. Given this unfortunate reality, educating yourself on what can be done to protect yourself and your family is important. First and foremost, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. For questions regarding this year’s flu shot, it is best to consult your physician or local pharmacist.
Of equal importance, one must also understand the role the environment plays in the transmission and cross contamination of the flu. When it comes to the influenza virus (aka ‘the flu”), hand washing and cleaning surfaces with disinfectants are critical to slowing the spread of the disease. In addition to these manual forms of personal and environmental disinfection, many hospitals use no-touch disinfection as an additional level of protection for their patients, staff, and community. Over 400 hospitals in the U.S. have adopted the LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots, which use the full spectrum intensity of pulsed-xenon light to pierce through the cell-walls of deadly pathogens, including the influenza virus, to damage its genetic material. The severe damage produced by pulsed xenon UV renders the influenza virus non-viable and incapable of replicating, thus helping to lower the risk of spreading the disease.
Several acute care facilities are specifically targeting flu prevention with their LightStrike Robots: Tucson VA is disinfecting to protect veterans and South Shore Hospital is employing Violet, their robot, as their “Flu Fighter”. While used predominantly in acute care hospitals, many of the Xenex family of hospitals have reached out to schools within their communities due to news of school closings as a result of the widespread flu outbreak. Southeastern Med in Ohio disinfected their local Meadowbrook High School athletics areas. We applaud their efforts to protect the community outside of even the hospital grounds, and we’ll be making the same efforts where we can be of service.
It is our mission to reduce the pain and suffering caused by healthcare associated infections, but when those infections go beyond the hospital’s walls, Xenex is committed to serving the public and protecting families and communities. This year’s flu epidemic is no exception. The power of Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots are always here to help!