Cone Health equipped with latest in infection-fighting technology

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Drug-resistant infections or ‘superbugs’ like MRSA and other staph infections affect millions of people each year, but Greensboro’s Moses Cone Hospital is taking its germ warfare to a high-tech level.

The Xenex device is the latest in disinfection technology.

“What it does is uses ultraviolet light to actually kill any vegetative forms of microorganisms,” Mark Stibich with Xenex, Inc. said.

In a matter of about five minutes, the device neutralizes all bacteria, viruses and spores.

“The light flashes and in the flash where the UV is a very high-intensity flash that saturates the room and basically kills all the organisms,” Stibich said.

The devices cost $80,000 each, but Moses Cone officials say it’s worth it with hospital-borne infections being blamed for about 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

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