Go Toward the Light
While many companies are addressing HAIs with wipes and liquid products, the use of UV disinfection is a growing trend. In
fact, the UV disinfection equipment market is expected reach $3.6
billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 21%, according to a study
offered by Allied Market Research.
It is a technology that takes over after traditional manual
cleaning, according Daniel English, environmental services principal at Xenex Disinfection Services, San Antonio, TX, which sells
the Xenon Full-Spectrum UV disinfection robot.
“Housekeepers, environmental services employees (EVS) and
hand hygiene have significantly reduced infection rates. EVS employees do an extraordinary job in the limited amount of time
they have to turn over hospital rooms. And that’s where the robot
comes in—it quickly kills microscopic pathogens remaining in
the room that could potentially harm the next patient,” he said.
According to English, high-touch surfaces in hospitals—bed
rails, tray tables, remote controls and equipment—are well-established sources of infections.
“Traditional cleaning methods fail to eliminate some patho-
gens and studies show that 50% or more of high-touch surfaces
may be routinely missed during the manual cleaning process.
Germs and bacteria such as C. diff and MRSA can live on sur-
faces for months.”
The Xenex robot, which pulses intense UV light covering
the entire UV spectrum to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial
spores, can be used through a hospital’s facilities, from patient
rooms to the OR to procedure rooms to restrooms, according to
Plus, Xenex sees potential for its technol-
ogy beyond healthcare settings.
“While we are currently focused on the
healthcare industry because that’s where
people are the most vulnerable, there are
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