Light-emitting robots help keep VA hospital patient rooms germ-free
The $92,000 robots were turned loose — actually they're carefully wheeled into each spot — last week at the hospital to help eliminate and reduce potential infections like MRSA, staff and C. difficile.
"Bugs, mold, bacteria, viruses, fungi can exist anywhere. Some are worse than others," said Gaylyn Raduenz, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at the Milwaukee VA.
The robots made by Texas-based company Xenex were chosen because they are the only mercury-free devices available, said Jai Reneau, division manager of Environmental Management Services at the Milwaukee VA. They kill microorganisms with ultraviolet light, which is different from UV rays used in tanning beds.
Each patient room usually takes three 5-minute sessions with the robot as Marifke moves it around to catch all surfaces. Larger areas, like operating rooms, take longer.
We will have to see what happens with this technology, the cost will limit its use in broad applications. You might be asking why don't they just set up a fogger in the room and saturate all of the surfaces with a disinfectant? The easy answer is EPA will not allow that when it comes to humans. Fogging of disinfectants is used in food related areas like poultry and swine production. EPA is afraid when it comes to people (humans) of the residue that could be left behind as well as other environmental issues.
Here is the link for the full article: http://www.jsonline.com/business/light-emitting-robots-help-keep-va-hospital-patient-rooms-germ-free-b99526460z1-310805991.html
EPA Denies Request To Ban Triclosan
The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that they denied a request to ban all uses of the chemical triclosan and to impose new regulations on releases of the antimicrobial pesticide into bodies of water.
According to ISSA reporting, the EPA disagreed with the environmental groups asking for a ban on their claims that triclosan poses a danger to human health. The agency cited recent risk assessments it conducted through its required re-evaluation of the chemical's pesticide registration.
Though the agency wouldn't agree to this and other request, it did say it would undertake a biological assessment on whether triclosan can affect endangered species. If the EPA determines there could be an effect, it would be required under the Endangered Species Act to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the NOAA Fisheries Service on a comprehensive study of triclosan's ecological impact.
Bullen is getting fewer requests for either Triclosan or PCMX based antimicrobial hand soaps. Studies do show that just washing your hands with traditional soap is just as effective for pathogen control as antimicrobial soaps.
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