cleans. Furthermore, they are also utilized in
the hospital’s emergency department rooms for
priority cleans throughout all hours of the day.
During the evening, they are used in ORs and
special procedure rooms, such as catheter labs
and endoscopy suites.
“Semi-private rooms were a challenge, but
we worked closely with hospital administration
and nurse management to develop a commu-
nication system to identify when a room was
discharged that needed to be treated with the
Xenex device,” says Dr. Rubinstein. “We made
sure we had a process in place to quickly vacate
the room for treatment without inconveniencing
the other patient. And we trained the entire
staff to run the devices to ensure that there was
always someone available to treat a room.”
Effective communication and teamwork have
been critical to the successful implementation of
the Xenex devices into the facility’s comprehen-
sive infection prevention program. According to
SP: What made you decide to
invest in multiple devices?
Dr. Mitch Rubinstein: The
decision to purchase multiple
devices was based on multiple
factors including our overall
size, the number of discharges
we have per day, and our clinical priorities. The device only
needs 5-10 minutes per room,
but we are a high-occupancy
"We've seen $120,000
savings over two years.
That's significant and
Dr. Rubinstein, the interconnected working
relationships between the hospital’s infection
control department, EVS department, and
Xenex have been incredibly important. Xenex
trained the facility’s EVS staff, closely monitored usage and results information, and has
maintained consistent involvement over time.
“As a result, and with the success we’ve
had, our infection prevention program has
the support of the highest levels of our ad-
ministration and trustees,” he says.
“Infection reduction success doesn’t
happen overnight,” Dr. Rubinstein continues.
“The hospital has to have a team approach to
solving the problem. And you have to use the
devices in order for them to be effective.”