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Published on May 20, 2013

Adventist Hospitals Implement High-Tech Systems to Disinfect Patient Rooms

Robots Use UV Light to Eliminate Contagious Bacteria in Patient Rooms

Gaithersburg, MD Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park – both part of the Adventist HealthCare system – are the first hospitals in Maryland to implement the Xenex ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system, which uses UV light delivered through a robotic system to remove bacteria from patient rooms. The system is considered the fastest, safest and most cost-effective way to kill “superbugs” and increase patient safety in health-care facilities.

“This state-of-the-art cleaning system gives our hospitals additional ammunition against the difficult to kill organisms that hospitals all across the country are working hard to combat,” said Dr. Randall Wagner, chief medical officer at Washington Adventist Hospital. “When paired with traditional cleaning techniques, the Xenex System offers the fastest and most effective approach to help us continue to enhance our high standard of quality care and patient safety.”

The Xenex System uses a robot to generate pulses of xenon gas at high energy levels. This UV disinfection technology is the only one in the world demonstrated to decrease the C. difficile (c diff) bacteria facility-wide. It also effectively kills so-called “superbugs” such as the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that are difficult to treat because they resist antibiotics.

“This UV technology is an environmentally-friendly way to powerfully combat infectious microorganisms. It provides an added layer of cleaning on top of the very thorough process we already use, reinforcing our commitment to the safety of our patients and visitors,” said Dr. Kevin Smothers, vice president and chief medical officer at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

The Environmental Services teams at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals underwent extensive training on the Xenex robots and are already using the systems in both hospitals.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital a not-for-profit, 331-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Shady Grove is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, orthopedics and joint replacement, and maternity and pediatric care.

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