Western Reserve Hospital deploys robot to kills superbugs


Western Reserve Hospital deploys robot to kills superbugs

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As hospitals around the world seek new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI), Western Reserve Hospital has taken a leap into the future with the installation of a LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot that destroys hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.

The Xenex robot, named 'Violet' by Western Reserve Hospital team members, uses Full Spectrum pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C.diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.

“We’ve long been recognized for our commitment to patient satisfaction and exceptional patient care, and a big part of that is providing a thoroughly clean environment at our facility to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections,” said Dr. Rick Gemma, general surgeon at Western Reserve Hospital. “Using the latest technology for sanitization, such as the Germ-Zapping Robot, gives the hospital an even greater level of patient safety and cleanliness.”

The portable Xenex system can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in four- or five-minute cycles without warm-up or cool-down times. It can be used in any department and in any unit within a healthcare facility, including isolation rooms, operating rooms, general patient care rooms, contact precaution areas, emergency rooms, bathrooms and public spaces.

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