Healthcare-Acquired Infections

KREM2 – Disinfecting Robot Keeps Local Hospital Clean

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions. HAIs occur in all settings of care, including hospitals, surgical centers, ambulatory clinics, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.

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.

Although Northwest Specialty Hospital already has some of the lowest infection rates in the country our commitment to patient care doesn’t stop at just being better. Our goal is zero infections.

To do that we have to be willing to adopt new, but proven technologies to help us combat infection. That’s when we found Xenex’s LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping™ Robot.

Xenex’s patented system produces pulses of ultraviolet light from a xenon bulb quickly and effectively disinfecting the entire room. Numerous, real-world, peer-reviewed, hospital outcome studies have demonstrated the power that this technology has to reduce infection rates. It is just one of the many preventative measures we take to make surgery safer for you your and your loved ones.

Because at Northwest Specialty Hospital we put patients first.