HackensackUMC Employs a New Technology to Enhance Patient Safety

February 11, 2015 03:32 PM

                Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce a new high-tech approach to enhancing patient health and safety on its campus.  HackensackUMC is employing the germ-zapping Xenex robot to further reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.

                Using a powerful ultraviolet light, the Xenex robot is designed to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores lingering on surfaces. According to Xenex, the robot has been proven to be 20 times more effective than traditional cleaning methods in killing dangerous pathogens. 

                “We are pleased to partner with Xenex on this environmentally-friendly technology to offer our patients an enhanced experience,” said Kunle Modupe, vice president of Hospitality Services at HackensackUMC.  “We have always been committed to finding innovative ways to stay ahead of the curve in clinical excellence and technology. This collaboration combines both in an effective and safe manner.”

                The robot, named Violet by HackensackUMC’s Environmental Services team, emits ultraviolet light that is designed to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores on surfaces within minutes. Without contact or chemicals, the robot is credited with killing microorganisms, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, and staph bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). 

The Xenex robot works alone, room-by-room, on an automated sequence of cycles. It will be used on specified floors of our Pavilion building. A sign is placed outside of each room in use, informing people to keep out while the robot is in operation. The robot is equipped with a motion sensor to signal an alert if anyone enters the room. If so, it is designed to automatically deactivate.

The Xenex device contains no mercury or hydrogen peroxide and is described as the only green technology used in automated room disinfection.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

About Xenex Healthcare Services

Xenex's patented pulse xenon UV room disinfection system is a pesticidal device used for the advanced environmental cleaning of healthcare facilities. The Xenex system has been repeatedly shown to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations because of its speed and ease of use. The Xenex mission is to eliminate bacteria, viruses and spores in the patient environment that can cause hospital acquired infections and to become the new standard method for disinfection in healthcare facilities worldwide. For more information, visitwww.xenex.com.




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