Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare has announced a new way to clean and disinfect patient rooms.

The Environmental Services and Infection Prevention Department at Faxton St. Luke's is implementing a UV-C disinfection system that wipes out multi-drug resistant organisms that are resistant to antibiotics.

The Surfacide three-emitter Helios UV-C disinfection system looks like something out of a science fiction movie, but the ultraviolet light from the three glowing towers can wipe out organisms like MRSA, VRE, CRE and Acinetobacter that can be resistant to certain antibiotic drug treatments.

The Helios system links to a tablet and uses laser mapping technology that allows users to see that all surfaces have been effectively treated.

From Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare

"Eliminating the spread of infection throughout the hospital is always a priority at FSLH and that's why state of the art technology like the Helios system is so important," said Heather Bernard, RN, BS, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention at FSLH. "We were the first hospital in the state to begin using Surfacide technology. It helps us provide a much healthier and higher-quality experience for our patients and their families."

While existing ultraviolet technology has shown some effectiveness, there are limits to having only one emitter in a room. The three emitter system offered through Surfacide, results in the emitters being closer to all surfaces in the room. The end result is more energy, delivered to every surface, in less time with visual confirmation at your fingertips.