One of three germ-busting machines that the Xenex company is loaning to the Region for a six-month trial.

One of three germ-busting machines that the Xenex company is loaning to the Region for a six-month trial.

Xenex is loaning Saskatoon Health Region three germ-busting machines for a six-month trial to assess the impact of the machine on outbreaks and improve patient flow throughout the system.

The machine emits light pulses produced with a Xenex gas bulb that is said to kill 100 per cent of the bacteria the light touches, including VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci) and C. diff. (Clostridium difficile).

The machines will be used to help safely reduce infection rates on three general medicine units at Royal University Hospital 6200, and St. Paul’s Hospital 6M and 5M. The machines are a supplement to the great work housekeeping staff is already doing to clean and disinfect rooms.