The business case for universal UV disinfection protocols
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.