Phoenix VA Health Care System deploys germ-zapping robots


Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System in Arizona has deployed Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to destroy deadly germs and bacteria on hospital surfaces that can cause hospital acquired infections (HAI).

The portable room disinfection system makes use of pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light and is effective against dangerous superbugs and multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO), including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C.diff), VRE, norovirus and influenza.

Further, the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot has been proven effective against both the Ebola virus and Anthrax, and can easily be incorporated into a facility’s disease containment and biodefense strategy. 

Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System environmental management services chief Kenneth Carter said: “We want to do everything possible to provide a clean environment and enhance patient safety at our facility to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections.

“One infection is one too many, so enlisting the help of the Xenex robots will help us achieve our goal of zero infections.

“This investment in a proven technology is important and underscores our commitment to patient care and the veterans we serve.”

Previously, the hospital was using a mercury UV disinfection system, which caused damaged to the facility.

Phoenix VA said that a total of 20 peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the efficiency of pulsed xenon UV in reducing pathogens from the environment have been published. Out of those studies, eight have found that the usage of pulsed xenon UV technology have reduced  patient infection rates.

Additionally, various other healthcare organisations have reported major reductions in C.diff, MRSA, VRE and Surgical Site Infection (SSI) rates after using Xenex LightStrike robots.

The robots, which can be used in any department and in any unit within a healthcare facility, have been shown to reduce hospital acquired infections (HAIs) by 50-100%.


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