Infection Control

Traditional cleaning is not enough. Our Xenex LightStrike Robot uses ultraviolet light to kill 22x more bacteria than liquid chemical cleaning alone. Supported by more than 45 peer reviewed studies we use some of the most advanced technology on the planet in addition to traditional cleaning to bring you the cleanest room possible.


No one wants to think about it.

But the reality is that an estimated 1.7 million healthcare-acquired infections occur every year. Patients who acquire infections from surgery spend, on average, an additional 6.5 days in the hospital and are five times more likely to be readmitted after discharge. And what’s more is that surgical infections are believed to account for up to ten billion dollars annually in healthcare expenditures. Below are some of the ways we avoid those costs and keep you safe.

Xenex LightStrike Robot

At Northwest Specialty Hospital we use some of the most advanced technology on the planet to clean our operating rooms and clinics. The Xenex LightStrike Robot has been proven by more than 45 peer reviewed studies and cleans 22x more bacteria than liquid chemical cleaning alone. We use Xenex with traditional cleaning protocols established by APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) the world’s largest and most authoritative society on professional standards for infection prevention.

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Quality Standards

The Joint Commission is the world’s largest and most recognized organization for evaluating the standards of quality and care at a facility and reviews more than 22,000 hospitals a year. Those that comply with the highest standards of safety and the quality of care throughout the United States are offered the Gold Seal of Approval. Additionally, as a surgical specialty hospital our procedures are almost exclusively elective, which allows us to better protect our patients by preparing them for surgery.

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Comprehensive Evaluation

Our surgical evaluation clinic is designed to assess your risk prior to surgery. Your pre-surgical evaluation allows our providers to thoroughly screen you before surgery. This evaluation lets us know if you are healthy enough for your procedure. It is part of what we do in order to keep you safe and make sure that you have the best outcome possible. Your pre-operative surgical evaluation will assess your overall health and often includes imaging, bloodwork, cardiac evaluation and a review of your medical history.

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Patient Education

We offer educational opportunities for our patients to engage in their care. Our total joint programs feature step by step guides and live classes that are designed to answer your questions about surgery and help you prepare. Questions like what to expect and how to best prepare your body are just some of the ways we help our patients lower their infection rate.

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Patient Scheduling

Community access hospitals are designed for emergency situations. This often is associated with infectious diseases that have the potential to contaminate and complicate surgical cases occurring within the same vicinity. We are different. Our procedures are elective, which means that if a patient comes in sick, we simply re-schedule their procedure until they feel better. This allows us to protect our patients from infectious disease and pathogens that could threaten their recovery.

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Nasal Sanitizer®

Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer® antiseptic helps reduce risk of infection. The nose is a reservoir for bacteria that escape typical hygiene protocols such as hand washing. Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer® antiseptic equips health professionals, patients and individuals with a safe and effective nasal shield that helps decrease bacteria on nasal vestibule skin. Importantly, Nozin Nasal Sanitizer antiseptic is clinically shown to reduce nasal bacteria carriage without antibiotics. This is another example of how we use technology to keep you safe. Learn more.

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Pre-Operative Skin Wash

A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that patients can get during or after surgery. They can happen on any part of the body where the surgery takes place and sometimes only involve superficial layers of the skin. Other SSIs are more serious – they can involve tissues under the skin, organs or implanted material. Hibiclens, trusted by hospitals for over 40 years as a pre-operative skin wash, can help reduce the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs) caused by germs that live on the skin. As part of our protocol, we provide each patient with a complimentary bottle of this anti-septic skin cleanser. Learn more.


CDC – Centers for Disease Control

APIC – Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

The Joint Commission

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Infection Control

1593 E. Polston Avenue
Post Falls, ID 83854

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