New York medical malpractice lawyer David Perecman commends Ellis Hospital for doing more to protect patients against hospital-acquired infections. Ellis is the second hospital in New York to use Xenex, an innovative “germ-zapping technology,” according to Infection Control Today (4/26/2012) magazine.
“The continuing efforts of New York hospitals to improve patient safety are to be applauded. Hospitals should always strive to provide the best and safest care possible for their patients in New York,” said medical malpractice lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, a New York medical malpractice law firm dedicated to representing people who have been seriously injured by New York hospitals or other health care providers.
As New York medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand, Xenex is a portable room disinfection system that pulses ultraviolet light throughout the room. It is used after a standard cleaning is done. The machine destroys viruses, bacteria, and bacterial spores in approximately five to ten minutes, reported the medical publication.
Studies show the Xenex disinfection system is “consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices,” said the magazine. Approximately 1 in every 20 hospitalized patients contracts a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), according to the Centers for Disease Control. An estimated 98,987 deaths were associated with HAIs in U.S. hospitals in 2002, the most recent year for which data are available.
If a patient infection is caused by unsanitary conditions in a hospital or medical facility, the victim may be able to hold the hospital or other medical care provider responsible for serious injuries resulting from the infection. If you or someone you love has been injured through medical malpractice in New York, please contact the New York medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm.