The Infection Preventionists Are Killing It!

(“It” Being Infections.)


This week officially recognizes infection preventionists, who work 365 days a year to protect patients. Their days are long, their commitment is strong, and they want every patient to have the best chance at good health.

We at Xenex spend a great deal of time with infection preventionists (IPs) both at hospitals throughout the US and abroad. We see their dedication towards preventing infections and the tremendous hours they spend tracking and investigating infections, implementing new tools and processes and reporting data that keeps their hospitals on track.

This week, we want to celebrate IPs by speaking about their successes. These visionaries have achieved drastic reductions in infection rates at their hospitals, and are proud to tell their communities about their work.

Necia Kimber, RN, BSM, MHA, CIC, achieved ZERO C.diff cases at her facility.


Karen Aubertine, Director of Infection Control and Environmental Services Lewis County General Hospital in upstate New York reported a 20{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in infection rates and $132,000 savings as a result of fewer infections.


Springfield Clinic’s Ambulatory Surgery and Endoscopy Center (ASC) was the first ASC in Illinois to use a Xenex™ LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robot™ and already achieved one of the lowest infection rates recorded at less than one percent and earned the highest marks possible for quality and safety from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).


Meghan Patel, Martin Health Manager, Infection Prevention and Control at Martin Medical Center, implemented a change to the environmental standard of care and accomplished significant reductions in their C. diff rates.


Lisa Rasimowicz, MSN, RN, CIC, director of infection prevention at Hunterdon Medical Center. The hospital has seen a 76{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection rates since it began using LightStrike™ robots to disinfect rooms.


The Infection Prevention team at Rush Foundation Hospital announced recently that it has seen a 59{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection rates and a 100{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection rates since acquiring two LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots one year ago.


Martha Bouk, Infection Preventionist at Riverside Medical Center achieved a significant reduction in its already low infection rates: 27{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reductions in Clostridium difficile (C.diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) rates facility-wide, and a 65{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in infection rates in its ICU.


Ruth Freshman, Infection Preventionist at Chambersburg Hospital, recently announced a 50{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in C. diff rates. “We are very proud of the work our team is doing to get our patients home as quickly and safely as possible,” Ruth said of their team’s hard work.


Meghann Holmes, Infection Preventionist at White County Medical Center, said last week, “We are very pleased to report that we have seen an 85{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in infection rates since implementing our three robots.” She added that the 85{a7dbd90b9ffe087840aba08710c78edd3b62ca0d1e957cc3862d95b1204bafc3} reduction in infection rates resulted in a cost savings of $528,714 for the facility and more than paid for the cost of their three robots.


These are but a few of the amazing numbers of infection preventionists battling infections and improving patient safety. We consider them heroes, and are humbled to be their Robot sidekicks.

Credit Kim Manganello