MountainView Hospital unveils tool to improve patient safety

MountainView Hospital said in a statement that it is the first hospital in Nevada to use Xenex Healthcare Services’ germ-zapping room disinfection technology to keep patients even safer from infections.

“We’re dedicated to a culture of safety for our patients,” said Will Wagnon, chief executive officer at MountainView Hospital. “We are continuously striving to eliminate the transmission of infections by adhering to best practices, increasing surveillance -- and now by using the advanced technology of UV room disinfection.”

The statement said Xenex’s portable room disinfection device pulses blue ultraviolet light throughout MountainView’s isolation rooms, intensive care units and emergency department to quickly destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores – typically in about 5-10 minutes per room.

“We’re always looking for innovative ways to provide even better, safer care for our community,” said Jan Olivas, patient safety officer at MountainView. “We are committed to providing the best possible care for every patient -- and that means making sure they don’t acquire an infection while in the hospital.”

Xenex systems are in use by hospitals throughout the U.S. and have proven to be effective against a variety of the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridium difficile endospores, MRSA, VRE and Acinetobacter. Studies show the Xenex room disinfection system is consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices.

“We have heard repeatedly from our customers across the U.S. that our device is enabling them to save patient lives because we are eliminating the deadly superbugs which cause infections,” said Dr. Mark Stibich, chief scientific officer of Xenex. “Our device can disinfect patient rooms in just a matter of minutes, which means that we fit into a hospital’s day-to-day operations, which is unlike any other technology on the market today.”