Florida hospital acquires robot to enhance patient safety


Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Florida has acquired a Xenex germ-zapping robot, an advanced piece of disinfection technology, in its continued effort to further enhance the cleanliness of its operating rooms.

The robot destroys contagious superbugs in the hospital’s operating rooms in minutes.

The Xenex germ-zapping robot uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is hundreds of times more intense than sunlight to effectively eliminate harmful superbugs, including clostridium difficile (C.diff), MRSA, influenza and Ebola.

This portable device is being used as an extra layer of patient protection in Nicklaus Children’s operating rooms after hospital staff have done a thorough cleaning of the area.

Nicklaus Children’s is the first children’s hospital in South Florida to use this technology and joins nearly 300 other hospitals nationwide using the robot. The Xenex room disinfection system has been credited with helping US healthcare facilities reduce their rates of infection.

“At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, patient safety is of utmost priority. The robot is a testament to our ongoing commitment to using the latest technology to support our infection prevention protocols,” said Jackie Gonzalez, senior vice president, chief nursing officer and patient safety officer.

Because the Xenex robot uses pulsed xenon UV light to disinfect rooms, it is able to safely reach every surface in the room and does not leave any chemical residue.

To disinfect a room after standard cleaning procedures have taken place, a hospital employee wheels the robot into the room, begins the automated sequence, and then leaves the room to allow the robot to eliminate bacteria in a five-minute cycle.

This investment in patient safety and care was made possible by generous donations to the Together for the Children campaign. 

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