The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Zapping Those Nasty Bugs

23 June 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

Sodexo Healthcare has launched a new ultraviolet disinfection system claiming it provides increased protection against the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).

The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots range is specifically directed against pathogens such as MRSA.

Sodexo and the infection control team at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs Queen’s Hospital, have introduced two Xenex LightStrike room disinfection devices to supplement chemical cleaning on site. This follows a successful trial, conducted in real-world circumstances which showed that combined manual cleaning and Xenex disinfection produced an average bacterial reduction of 91% compared with a 61% reduction with manual cleaning alone and 78% reduction with Xenex-only.

The devices have been named Rosie and Mavis, in recognition of two key members of the Trust’s infection prevention and control team and Sodexo cleaning teams who were involved in the clinical trial.

 

Penetrating cell walls

The Xenex robot pulses a xenon lamp to create an intense germicidal UV light that quickly disinfects surfaces such as bedrails, tray tables, bathroom handrails and toilet seats. The Full Spectrum light penetrates the cell walls of micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses, mould, fungus and spores.  Their DNA is instantly fused so that they are unable to reproduce or mutate, effectively killing them on surfaces and in the air without contact or chemicals. Independent lab verification on the most common and the most dangerous and difficult-to-treat microorganisms, includes Clostridium difficile (C.diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), norovirus and the Ebola virus.

Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots have been used by Sodexo and hospital environmental services teams in U.S. healthcare facilities since 2010, where xenon UV disinfection has become part of the regular hospital cleaning protocol where in peer-reviewed studies, 50%-100% decreases in their infection rates occurred.

The Xenex system is not intended to be a substitute for chemical cleaning, rather an additional layer of protection. Another significant advantage of the system is said to be its speed, taking less than 15 minutes to operate in a standard-size room.

“The safety and wellbeing of our patients is our first priority so anything we can do to reduce the risk of infection is great for our hospitals,” said Nadeem Moghal, Medical Director, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs Queen’s Hospital. “Colleagues from departments across the hospital worked well together and we were really pleased with the results of the trial.”

Picture: Impressive reductions of healthcare associated infections have been reported for Sodexo’s Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 23 June 2016

Share



Related Articles

Union Demands Immediate Sick Pay For Outsourced Workers With Suspected COVID-19

If people feel forced to work in hospitals – or any other workplace – while ill, coronavirus will become a national health crisis, claims a union representing...

 Read Full Article
No Hiding Place for Hospital Germs

A new distribution agreement with Codonics, major USA based supplier of medication safety systems and infection control, has been signed by APC Contech. In an addition...

 Read Full Article
Keeping Hands Soft for Dishes

A mild antimicrobial handwash that is effective against a wide range of potentially harmful micro-organisms as well as not harming the skin from frequent washing has been...

 Read Full Article
Why is Security So Crucial in Healthcare?

OCS commenced a three-year contract to provide security and car park services to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on 1st November 2013. It will run for three years...

 Read Full Article
Public Health to be Transformed With Formation of Two New Bodies

The Health Estates and Facilities Management Association is encouraging feedback on a recent proposal to overhaul England’s public health with the formation of two...

 Read Full Article
CHSA Audits Show 93% Compliance for Cleaning Suppliers 

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has continued its member audits throughout the pandemic and has reported a 93 per cent compliance rate across all...

 Read Full Article
How has the Cleaning Sector Coped with Coronavirus?

The cleaning and hygiene industry has been assessing the huge impact of Coronavirus and the lockdown on different sectors, businesses, and operatives. A British...

 Read Full Article
How Smart Tech Can Help Employee Confidence When Returning To Buildings

It has become gradually clear over the last few months, that the buildings we are returning to, whether that’s as employees or visitors, are radically changed...

 Read Full Article
ABM Forms Expert Advisory Council to Support COVID Response

ABM has established an Expert Advisory Council, composed of external leading experts in infectious disease and industrial hygiene.  The advisory board will...

 Read Full Article
Cleaners Must Be Paid Fair Wage After Role in Fighting COVID-19

Dominic Ponniah, CEO at Cleanology, sets out how Britain’s cleaners must be fairly paid, especially in light of the crucial role they have played during the...

 Read Full Article