FTMC introduces new germ zapping technology

Aaron Krause • Jan 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

In an ongoing effort to ensure patient safety, Fisher-Titus Medical Center is the first area hospital to implement a new innovative germ-zapping disinfection technology to keep high risk areas in the hospital even safer from deadly microorganisms that cause infections.

FTMC is only the second hospital in Ohio using Xenex Healthcare Services' room disinfection system to provide advanced cleaning in areas such as the intensive care unit, emergency department and operating rooms, said Dr. Gary Moorman, vice president of medical affairs at Fisher-Titus.

"Hospitals are constantly exposed to viruses and bacteria," Moorman said. "We want to ensure the environment is free from microorganisms that cause infections, and this new technology is one more step in providing the safest possible care for our patients."

Before purchasing the equipment, Fisher-Titus performed a 30-day trial of the technology and performed an assessment of its effectiveness.

"Our trial indicated that while rooms must continue to be cleaned as per accepted hospital protocol, the additional treatment by the Xenex technology did indeed eradicate harmful organisms from the hospital environment," Moorman said.

According to Xenex, numerous hospitals that have implemented the Xenex room disinfection system have documented reductions in the presence of drug-resistant microorganisms. In hospital trials, Xenex has consistently shown to be more than 20 times more effective than standard cleaning practices.

"Innovative health care systems like Fisher-Titus are investing in Xenex's disinfection technology to make their patients safer," said Mark Stibich, chief scientific officer of Xenex. "We have proven repeatedly that the science of our pulsed xenon light makes it incredibly effective against the most challenging bacteria, viruses and even C. diff spores. Fisher-Titus is taking patient protection to the next level."

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