Enhanced Infection Control Procedures at Alden
As part of Alden’s commitment to patient safety, we have taken infection control to a new level.
Prior to patient arrival, each room will undergo a rigorous 12-step process followed by the use of state-of-the-art Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® products for superior disinfection with low toxicity, and supplemental disinfection practices. Not until all these steps have been completed will a room be AldenClean™ and ready for patient arrival.
To complement our infection control program, we have added the following precautions to ensure that patients and families can have utmost confidence in the cleanliness of room accommodations, therapy gyms and laundering processes:
- AURA UV Disinfection Unit
- LUX Advanced Oxidation Hydroxyl Laundry System
AURA UV Disinfection Unit
This mobile ultraviolet unit is used regularly throughout the facility. It provides consistent surface disinfection of all surfaces in patient bedrooms, therapy gyms and linen transport carts using UV-C light energy.
UV irradiation has been used for the control of pathogenic microorganisms in a variety of applications, such as control of legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease), as well as disinfection of air, surfaces, and instruments. This type of UV irradiation has also been used to clean hospital surgical areas. Studies have shown UV irradiation to be an acceptable and environmentally friendly method of disinfecting surfaces.
LUX Advanced Oxidation Hydroxyl Laundry System
The LUX Hydroxyl technology utilizes a safe UV light. UV light is proven to reduce superbugs such as C. difficile and MRSA as well as other bacteria, viruses, mold, protozoa and more. This technology supercharges our existing laundry system through an advanced oxidation process that is 500 times more powerful than hot water and bleach alone.
OMNIShield is a water-based formula that not only kills microbes (bacteria, mold, viruses) but also prevents them from mutating and adapting, thus cutting down on superbug creation. Using OMNIShield as a final step in our cleaning process means that we are going above and beyond traditional methods of cleaning. OMNIShield does not leach off or migrate from treated surfaces, and persistently protects treated surfaces for up to 90 days.
Enhanced Employee Education in Infection Control
Each Alden post-acute care center has a designated Infection Preventionist who monitors all facets of the facility infection control and prevention program. Regardless of the department in which they work, all staff must complete carefully selected coursework and achieve certification of competency in multiple areas of infection control.