Five take­aways

The busi­ness case for univer­sal UV dis­in­fec­tion pro­to­cols

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UV Dis­in­fec­tion is a com­mon tool for iso­la­tion cases, but this we­bi­nar ex­plored why we should do more. Hear two for­mer health­care provider ex­ec­u­tives re­view the busi­ness case for us­ing UV dis­in­fec­tion for more than just iso­la­tion cases.

These five take­aways were pre­sented in a we­bi­nar on Sept. 19. The en­tire we­bi­nar can be ac­cessed at Mod­ern­Health­care.com/UV­dis­in­fec­tion.

UV dis­in­fec­tion pro­grams can in­crease em­ployee sat­is­fac­tion

Em­ploy­ees can also be pos­i­tively af­fected by ex­panded UV dis­in­fec­tion. “UV pro­grams have very lit­tle op­er­a­tional con­fu­sion,” said Ryan Wil­liams, Vice Pres­i­dent of Health­care Strat­egy at Xenex Dis­in­fec­tion Ser­vices. “The ro­bots are ex­tremely sim­ple to use. Train­ing is a 15- to 20-minute ses­sion with min­i­mal fol­low-up. If you can op­er­ate a smart phone, you can op­er­ate one of the ro­bots.” Over­all, it is faster, safer, cheaper, and sim­pler to uti­lize UV dis­in­fec­tion in pro­vid­ing a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment at your hos­pi­tals.

Your hospi­tal re­ceives an ROI from a fi­nan­cial stand­point

En­vi­ron­men­tally caused in­fec­tions have fi­nan­cially im­pacted hos­pi­tals with value-based pur­chas­ing, HAC penal­ties, and read­mis­sion costs. But is spend­ing even more money on ex­pand­ing dis­in­fec­tion pro­grams worth it? Xenex says yes. “Ev­ery hospi­tal is dif­fer­ent and will have a dif­fer­ent pro­gram, but we’ve seen typ­i­cally a six-time re­turn on money in just four years. Pay­back for the whole pro­gram is just over a half year,” Wis­niewski said.

A more broad-scale UV dis­in­fec­tion pro­gram helps hos­pi­tals save time

For tra­di­tional iso­la­tion-only UV dis­in­fec­tion pro­to­cols, the tech­nol­ogy stays housed in the en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices de­part­ment (EVS). There­fore, when an iso­la­tion case is noted, some­one in EVS must take the de­vice to the area of the in­ci­dent, and then bring it all the way back. This can be a time-con­sum­ing and frus­trat­ing process, and re­sult in lost time that takes away from other du­ties in the EVS de­part­ment. In­cor­po­rat­ing UV de­vices into units pro­vides a more seam­less pre­cious time for your hospi­tal.

Im­ple­ment­ing more pro­grams can re­duce in­fec­tion rates for your pa­tients

A pa­tient's en­vi­ron­ment has a large in­flu­ence over their ex­po­sure to in­fec­tions. With more UV dis­in­fec­tion, more units are cleaner and safer to uti­lize. “CMS is now aware of the abil­ity to im­pact en­vi­ron­men­tally caused in­fec­tions with new tech­nol­ogy,” said John Wis­niewski, VP of Strate­gic Ac­counts at Xenex Dis­in­fec­tion Ser­vices. “They’re ad­just­ing their pro­grams to in­cen­tivize hos­pi­tals to fo­cus on these ar­eas. And they can see it’s mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence.” Ac­cord­ing to Xenex, a broader UV dis­in­fec­tion pro­gram is pro­jected to avoid an av­er­age of 76 in­fec­tions and eight mor­tal­i­ties an­nu­ally. Ev­i­dently, an in­creased uti­liza­tion of UV dis­in­fec­tion re­sults in mea­sur­able in­fec­tion rate re­duc­tions.

UV dis­in­fec­tion pro­grams help pro­tect your hospi­tal from HAC PENAL­TIES

If your fa­cil­ity per­forms poorly and falls in the bot­tom quar­tile, you re­ceive an HAC penalty and are sub­ject to up to 1% pay­ment re­duc­tions. This can also dam­age the rep­u­ta­tion and sta­tus of your or­ga­ni­za­tion. By adding more UV dis­in­fec­tion into your in­fec­tion pre­ven­tion strate­gies, you can pro­tect your fa­cil­ity from these penal­ties.

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