Burgess Health Center Implements UV Technology to Fight Infection

02:51 EDT 6 Jun 2017 | PR Newswire

ONAWA, Iowa, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) continue to be a problem among the nation's healthcare facilities. As these infections continue to threaten patient populations, Burgess Health Center is adding an extra innovative precaution to existing infection control protocols: the addition of ultraviolet (UV) technology to treat patient rooms and other key areas in the facility.

Thanks to our generous donors at the Poinsettia Ball and Holiday Brunch, Burgess Foundation purchased a Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® System, which uses UV light to kill microorganisms by inactivating their DNA, rendering them harmless and unable to replicate. The Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® System was selected based on its ability to kill key organisms associated with increased hospital-acquired infections, its ease of use and its cost effectiveness. The device is effective against a range of dangerous pathogens, including MRSA and C. difficile spores, in just five minutes at a distance of eight feet.

"Patient safety is a top priority at Burgess Health Center," said Sharon Taylor, infection preventionist, at Burgess. "We chose to purchase a UV device as an added measure to help us prevent healthcare-associated infections and ensure the safest possible environment of care for our patients, staff, and visitors. The device can treat areas that are difficult to clean manually, so it helps ensure that we leave no crevice unturned."

Burgess uses the system to clean all patient and isolation rooms between patients, operating rooms daily, and emergency rooms are treated on a rotating basis. The device is run after the environmental services team thoroughly cleans and disinfects each room with a chemical surface disinfectant product, and the UV device is then used to supplement these efforts. In a typical patient room, the device is placed on both sides of the patient bed and turned on for five minutes in each position. It's also placed in the patient bathroom for another five-minute cycle. A similar process is followed for the ICU.

"Cleaning and disinfection plays a crucial role in infection prevention and with pathogens such as C. difficile spores, able to survive on surfaces for months at a time, we felt it was important to implement even more comprehensive cleaning procedures as part of our daily and discharge cleaning practices," said Taylor. "We've found that the Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® System provides an effective, high-quality and easy to use solution that has helped achieve reductions to our already low infection rates."

About Burgess Health CenterBurgess Health Center, located in Onawa, Iowa, is an award-winning critical access hospital that is accredited by the State of Iowa. Burgess Clinics serve the communities of Dunlap, Mapleton, Sloan and Whiting in Iowa as well as Decatur, Neb. Burgess has retail family pharmacies in Dunlap and Whiting, Iowa. The staff is committed to improving the quality of life for the people and communities served, by providing excellent healthcare and exceptional patient experiences.

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