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Published on October 17, 2012

Cone Health Lowers Infection Rate With Innovative Infection Prevention Program

Cone Health will announce at IDWeek 2012 that it reduced Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates by a dramatic 56 percent in 2011 after implementing an infection prevention program that includes Xenex room disinfection systems. IDWeek 2012 is the first-ever joint meeting of four leading infectious disease organizations.

MRSA rates at Cone Health decreased from 0.37/1000 patient days in 2010 to 0.17/1000 patient days in 2011. Working with key partners, including Xenex Healthcare Services, Cone Health successfully integrated clinical and non-clinical best practices to achieve rapid improvements in the prevention of HAIs. HAIs caused by deadly superbugs such as MRSA, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and Acinetobacter are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

“We are excited and encouraged by the HAI reductions we achieved in 2011, but even one infection is too many,” said Dr. Mary Jo Cagle, Chief Quality Officer, Cone Health. “We experienced a 56 percent reduction in MRSA in our patient rooms and intensive care units (ICUs) using a number of strategies, including the use of Xenex devices. In fact, we have expanded our use of Xenex devices into our operating rooms (ORs) and emergency departments (EDs). Our goal is simple – zero hospital-acquired infections.”

Cone Health is the first hospital in North Carolina to implement Xenex’s automated room disinfection system, which uses pulsed Xenon ultraviolet light to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores without contact or chemicals. Uniquely designed for ease of use and portability, the Xenex device can be operated by a hospital’s cleaning staff without disrupting hospital operations or requiring the use of expensive chemicals. The Xenex system can disinfect dozens of rooms per day, so Cone Health uses the system continuously to reduce contamination levels in patient rooms, ORs and ICUs.

“The Xenex system is the fastest and most cost-effective room disinfection technology on the market today,” said Dr. Mark Stibich, Chief Scientific Officer at Xenex. “What makes our device so different is that we use pulsed xenon ultraviolet light, which is 25,000 times more intense than other UV technologies. Our pulsed xenon system disinfects rooms in minutes and can disinfect more rooms every day than any other system available. We have data, papers and case studies for our protocols, but the best news is that the Xenex device has been shown to reduce HAIs facilitywide – and reducing HAIs is the most important thing to our customers.”

Cone Health’s Environmental Services department is managed by Sodexo, one of the world’s leading healthcare environmental service providers. Sodexo recently selected Xenex as its preferred partner for the disinfection of Sodexo client facilities.

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