A local hospital is being extra cautious when it comes to disinfecting patient rooms and operative suites.
Trinity Health System recently purchased a Surfacide Helios disinfection system to add to the collection of infection prevention practices used to combat healthcare-associated infections.
The Surfacide Helios system utilizes ultra-violet light energy, an evidenced-based disinfection modality, for killing microorganisms on environmental surfaces that can lead to healthcare-associated infections.
“There’s almost nothing that they aren’t effective at killing. Everything that makes us nervous that we would touch from a hospital sterile environment whether it’s MRSA, Ebola, influenza. The lights are very effective at killing all of those so it’s an extra precaution,” said Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Kenneth Woods.
According to the CDC, approximately one of every 25 hospitalized patients in the United States has a healthcare-associated infection.
These infections can lead to significant morbidity and mortality, with over 90,000 lives lost each year.