PATHOGON™ UV Disinfection System helps minimize contamination risk and improve infection control practices
Robinson Memorial Hospital strives to offer the most advanced therapies and life-saving technologies, yet the environment can also harbor potentially dangerous contamination. Aggressive pathogens have the potential to compromise the health of patients and staff, and can remain viable on environmental surfaces for extended periods even with proper cleaning.
To fight these contaminations, Robinson Memorial incorporates a bundled approach using multiple interventions to their fullest capacity to combat this ever-growing list of multidrug resistant pathogens and healthcare associated infections. Such as following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, isolating active infectious patients, the use of EPA registered disinfectants, and performing cleaning audits using Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which provides objective monitoring of surface contamination.
Robinson Memorial Hospital recently added another tool to the arsenal of the environmental services team with the purchase of STERIS’ PATHOGON UV Disinfection System, an automated, mobile system using germicidal ultraviolet light to reduce or kill pathogens on environmental surfaces.
Robinson Memorial Hospital performed its own study using a STERIS PATHOGON UV Disinfection System and found significant improvement. By having a less contaminated environment, Robinson Memorial hopes to reduce the chance for possible infections to occur.
The PATHOGON system is designed for use as part of a complete cleaning and disinfection program, and has been shown to kill organisms such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), and others. The automated cycle times range from four to twenty-five minutes, depending on the targeted organism and the size of the space being treated. The process produces no ozone or secondary contaminants, and rooms can be re-occupied immediately after treatment.
“As practitioners, we want to provide outstanding care to all who come to Robinson Memorial for services,” stated Joan Seidel, MA, RN, BSN, Infection Preventionist at Robinson Memorial Hospital. “We want to ensure they feel safe about all aspects of the care we provide.”
“Environmental Service staff members know and understand the important role they play in the reduction of healthcare associated infections and are committed to providing a safe, sanitary environment for all our patients and their families,” stated Jeanne Fisher, Director of Environmental Services. “Our staff is proud of the work they do and PATHOGON will now be another tool they are able to use to provide the cleanest environment possible for our patients.”