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Nextgen UV Technology Reduces Infections

In a peer-reviewed study published in the December issue of American Journal of Infection Control, researchers documented that using Infection Preven-tion Technologies (IPT) NextGen UV disinfection robots and a dedicated team of trained operators resulted in signifi cant reductions of healthcare-ac-quired infections. The study was conducted over a six-month period at Hollywood Community Hospital/Brotman Medical Center Campus.

Several factors make the study notable. It is peer-reviewed and demonstrated signifi cant reductions in multiple harmful pathogens including a 42.7 percent decrease in the incidence of Clostridium diffi cile infections, 71.4 percent decrease in Acinetobacter baumannii infections, and a 100 percent drop in Klebsiella pneumoniae infections. The overall HAI incidence rate was reduced 34.2 percent during the intervention period

“While many studies highlight a disease reduction in a small area of the hospital, this study was conducted hospital-wide,” Tom Kenny, IPT’s CEO noted. “Ninety-five percent of the rooms in the entire facility were treated. These results are compelling evidence for the effi cacy of our state-of-the-art UV robots and the benefi ts of using skilled robot operators.”

“Not only is the ROI demonstrably high but based on the total reduction of HAI incidents and the average cost of an HAI re-admission, the derived cost-savings is nearly $250,000 in just six months. That’s huge,” Kenny continued. “The bottom line is serious cost avoidance and a much safer environment for both patients and staff .” •



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