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Houston Medical Center "Declares War" on Hospital Acquired Infections

                         

Houston Medical Center (HMC) is adopting new “weapons and tactics” in our war against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI).  On June 1, HMC deployed Clorox UDVI-360 mobile robots. Following a two-month trial where three manufacturers and devices were hospital tested, the Clorox units, (or Clorox-Bot for short) were selected. The selection was difficult because all devices achieved outstanding results. However, we felt the Clorox-Bot was the best fit in our facilities. 

There are three types of Ultraviolet (UV) rays: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C.  Everyone is familiar with the first two…sunburn and suntan.  However, UV-C is somewhat unknown but unique. Why so unique? UV-C wavelength has been tested and proven germicidal by effectively scrambling the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and spores. This “scrambling” prevents the pathogen from replicating in its environment or in the human body.

A second weapon already deployed, a new application of a well-known cleaning and disinfection agent. During this same two month trial, we tested the use of sodium hypochlorite (bleach) in the terminal cleaning of “all” patient rooms, common areas, and patient equipment. Diluted to the proper concentration, bleach provided excellent disinfecting results on all “high touch areas” in patient rooms. The “no growth” test results of a bleach terminal clean exceeded all expectations. In the past, the use of bleach had been limited to the terminal cleaning of isolation rooms with Clostridium difficile spores.

Another major weapon already in use are UV-C lights in our new Surgical Services Center. These lights are actually “hard wired” into the design of each OR suite. Mounted in the ceiling at exact positions to ensure all environmental surfaces are treated with UV-C wave energy. In addition to ceiling mounted UV lights, another design element was included.  This features the integration of UV-C lights in the OR heating and ventilation system (HVAC). Such application will serve a dual purpose, (1) preventing the circulation of germs by air exchanges and (2) preventing the growth of mold and germs on the ventilation refrigeration coils.

Now equipped with UV-C technology, we are attacking HAI on a global scale. We are approaching “every” hospital room as an ecosystem. Utilizing these preventative tactics enable us to be proactive in our fight against HAI’s. Houston Medical Center is committed to patient safety and quality care. Our goal is to dramatically reduce and eliminate HAI’s.

Therefore, when you see the Clorox UV-C Bot being wheeled around the hospital, be proud knowing Houston Medical Center is committed to ensuring a safer environment for everyone.

 

QUICK FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CLOROX BOTS          

1. UV-C is highly effective; during in-house testing, contaminated surfaces with colony-forming bacteria  were reduced to zero after a 5 minute treatment.

2. If you walk into a room while the light is on, the device will shut off.  Note: Several seconds of exposure will not hurt or harm.

3. The UV-C wavelength DOES NOT pass through window glass.  If you see the device in use through glass, you are SAFE.

4.  UV-C exposure is harmful to humans and may cause eye and skin irritation if directly exposed for an extended period.

5.  Our EVS staff has been extensively trained and certified on the use and safety features of the device.

 

For more information about the Clorox UV-C Bot, click here.

Houston Medical Center
1601 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
Telephone: (478) 922-4281

 

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