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Spencer Hospital Xenex System

Spencer, IA (KICD)–The Spencer Hospital has taken a huge step in their disinfection efforts.

The Spencer Hospital is the first and only hospital in Iowa to implement the Xenex Disinfection Services’ UV room disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms. Infection Control Nurse Dee Ann Vaage says this adds an extra layer of protection.

A “green,” mercury-free technology, the Xenex system is scientifically proven to destroy all major classes of microorganisms that cause hospital acquired infections such as MRSA and C. diff. Microbiologist Technical Director for Xenex Rachael Sparks talks about how the system works.

Director of Environmental Services Todd Rominger says the Xenex system was purchased by Auxiliary volunteers using funds they’ve raised through various events and Gift Shop proceeds.” As the donors, the Auxiliary board selected a fun name for the machine, dubbing it “Violet” in honor of the unit’s ultraviolet technology.

The Xenex system is capable of disinfecting a room in as little as five minutes and can disinfect over 30 rooms per day.