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University Health Shreveport Unveils Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot to Enhance Patient Safety
Date:11/21/2013

SHREVEPORT, La., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- University Health Shreveport is the first and only acute care hospital in Louisiana to use Xenex Disinfection Services' germ-zapping technology to increase patient safety.

The portable disinfection device uses pulsed xenon to deliver ultraviolet (UV) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy deadly bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The device is proven to destroy the most dangerous and hard-to-kill superbugs like Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza and MRSA (antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria). This technology is used in addition to extensive cleaning services provided by the hospital's Environmental Services team.

"University Health is committed to patient safety. Xenex is a high-level disinfection option that complements the strong disinfection program we already have in place," said Dr. Kevin Sittig, Chief Medical Officer at University Health. "Bacteria that have become smart enough to grow on surfaces like computer keyboards cannot hide from this light. They will be destroyed by this new technology. We have zero tolerance for hospital-acquired infections and this Xenex robot helps us achieve our goal."

One U.S. hospital that uses the Xenex room disinfection system has reported a 53 percent decrease in C. diff infections, according to published data. A "green," mercury-free technology, the Xenex system is the fastest, safest and most effective method for the advanced cleaning of hospital rooms. In just five to 10 minutes, the device can disinfect high-risk patient areas, including operating rooms and equipment, patient rooms and bathrooms. The Xenex unit pulses UV light over high-touch surfaces where germs reside, destroying the deadly pathogens without leaving a chemical residue.

"Xenex devices are proven to destroy the dangerous microorganisms that cause infections. Innovative hospitals like University Health that are focused on patient safety and improving the quality of care of their patients are embracing our room disinfection system because it works," said Dr. Mark Stibich, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex.

About Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex's patented pulse xenon UV room disinfection system is a pesticidal device used for the advanced environmental cleaning of health care facilities. The Xenex system integrates smoothly into hospital cleaning operations because of its speed and ease of use. The Xenex mission is to eliminate bacteria, viruses and spores in the patient environment that can cause hospital-acquired infections and to become the new standard for disinfection in health care facilities worldwide. For more information, visit www.xenex.com.


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