What is Xenon and is it safe to use Yanex unit?

Unlike mercury used for UV-based disinfection, Xenon is an inert gas and poses no safety risks whatsoever. Also refer to "Can people remain in the room while Yanex system is operating?".



What are the applications of the Yanex unit?

  • Decreasing infection rate. A regular use of the Yanex system in public areas of hospitals, patient rooms, the ICU, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and clinics can significantly reduce the overall infection rate.
  • Operating rooms sterilization. Yanex unit can be used to enhance effective operating room sterilization procedures to prevent the spread of MRSA and other emerging infections.
  • Sterilizing field hospitals and in other emergency conditions. Sterilization of operating rooms and other hospital areas can be easily achieved, and is beneficial, even in the most challenging of settings.
  • Ambulance decontamination. Use of Yanex units can significantly reduce the time and labor and to greatly enhance effectiveness of decontaminating an ambulance after a severe trauma or treating an assumingly highly infectious patient.
  • Protection of patients with weakened immune function. Pregnant women, young children, elderly and people with immune deficiency diseases can be protected through the use of Yanex devices in clinical settings (for example at HIV clinics or chemotherapy infusion facilities).



What is the essential difference between Yanex Xenon bulbs and Mercury vapor UV bulbs?

essential difference
There are 3 main differences between Mercury and Xenon bulbs:
  • Where conventional mercury-based UV sterilization devices produce a continuous wave UV at a fairly low energy level, Yanex pulsed Xenon technology produces very short and powerful bursts of light
  • An electric discharge in the xenon gas inside the quartz bulb results in formation of plasma which emits a flash of light close to the solar spectrum. The brightness of xenon plasma (7500 – 9500°К) is significantly higher than brightness of the solar plasma (5600°К)
  • Mercury-based UV light operates in the narrow wavelength spectrum of 250 nm, while Xenon-based system operates in continuous 190-300nm spectrum
As a result, Xenon pulsed technology is able to kill many microorganisms that cannot be affected by the Mercury-based technology.



After the room is treated, when can it be used again?

The room can be used immediately after the Yanex treatment is over. When a Yanex unit is used, the only residual effect is a temporary ozone level increase in the room. The increased ozone level does not exceed the EPA defined maximum permissible concentration for ambient air.



Do I need to perform wet disinfection in the rooms if I use Yanex system in a hospital?

Yes, this is a standard requirement and a generally desirable practice to fight HAIs.



What are shadow areas and how are they treated?

Shadow areas are parts of the room, equipment or furniture not exposed directly to Xenon light. They are wet disinfected and can be at will irradiated after moving the unit.



Does Yanex unit replace the already existing recirculation devices?

The regular use of Yanex unit greatly enhances the recirculators’ effectiveness. The system disinfects surfaces that are the source of air infections increasing the effectiveness of recirculators.



Is a special training required for staff members in order to use Yanex system?

No specialized training is required. We suggest staff members engaged in the use of Yanex systems study the User Manual prior to using the system. An authorized dealer in the region will also perform a demonstration, conduct an introductory training and answer any questions.



Can people remain in the room while Yanex system is operating?

When the system is active, all the patients and staff must leave the room.

Prior to the operation start, a loud audible alarm will urge everybody to leave the room within 20 seconds. In case not everybody had time to leave, a “STOP” button (on either the control panel or the remote control) should be pushed to disengage the Yanex unit.

If for any reason somebody remains in the area being treated, the first and foremost thing to do is to protect the eyes from direct exposure to the pulsed light. Cover the eyes and simply leave the room. Exposure to Xenon light has no irreversible effect on health, though some minor and temporary skin and/or eye irritation may occur.



What is the warranty period for Yanex system? How long does a Yanex unit remain operational?

Yanex system has a one-year warranty period. During this period, the authorized distributor will perform repairs and component replacement as needed. In the unlikely event of the Yanex unit malfunctioning, it will be replaced by the distributor.

After the warranty period, a maintenance and repair contract can be concluded with the local distributor.

The service life is 5 years. However, when used properly, a Yanex unit can work significantly longer.



Are there any consumable parts in the system?

The bulb (flashlamp) is the only consumable part.



How often do bulbs need to be replaced?

Bulb replacement cycle entirely depends on how frequently the Yanex unit is used.

According to practical experience in various medical facilities the bulbs need to be replaced 1 or 2 times per year.



What are other potential application of the Yanex unit?

Yanex systems can be used to disinfect:
  • Hospitals and medical offices;
  • Pharmacological and catering premises;
  • Hotels, restaurants, offices, entertainment centers;
  • Sports facilities such as swimming pools and gyms;
  • Public and private transport: railway, buses, cars;
  • School premises.