Mayo Clinic Study Reports 47% Reduction in C.diff Infection Rates Using Pulsed Xenon UV Room Disinfection
San Antonio – February 20, 2019 – Clostridioides difficile (C.diff) is a serious and highly contagious intestinal infection that can cause diarrhea, colitis and even death. Even with the world’s most robust infection prevention strategy and protocols, the Mayo Clinic wanted to further reduce its patients’ risk for contracting C. diff and conducted a controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of Xenex Disinfection Systems’ pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light room disinfection technology. The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that adding pulsed xenon UV disinfection to the hospital’s disinfection efforts resulted in a 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates on the intervention units that has been sustained for two years. In addition, the facility saw an increase in patient satisfaction scores for environmental cleanliness and a 52% reduction in Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infection rates.