Germ zapping robot

US-based Central Valley Specialty Hospital (CVSH) has selected Xenex Disinfection Services’ LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots, making it the first long-term acute care (LTAC) facility in California to deploy the system.

The Xenex robot is said to enhance environmental cleanliness by destroying hard-to-kill superbugs such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria by making its way through inaccessible areas.

The technology exerts Xenon, an inert gas into the xenon ultraviolet flashlamp at a high intensity which generates an intense ultraviolet C (UVC) light in the form of a broad spectrum, highly intense light covering the entire germicidal spectrum.

The light destroys bacteria, viruses, fungi and other harmful microorganisms on surfaces inside the facility.

The disinfection system is portable and is considered effective against dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C.diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Christened as Depa, CVSH’s Xenex robot disinfects a patient, as well as a procedure room in five minute cycles without warm-up or cool-down times.

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Depa is utilised in patient rooms, restrooms, equipment and procedure rooms, the gym, dining rooms and pharmacy at CVSH.

"As the only specialty and / or LTAC facility within 90 minutes of Modesto, we are excited to utilise the Xenex system to help us achieve our goal of zero infections."

CVSH CEO Gia Smith said: "We are designed to provide care to medically complex patients and we want to ensure that we provide them with a healing environment.

"As the only specialty and / or LTAC facility within 90 minutes of Modesto, we are excited to utilise the Xenex system to help us achieve our goal of zero infections.

"This investment is important and underscores our commitment to patient care and the communities we serve."

The Xenex robot is used across more than 300 hospitals, Veterans Affairs and Department of Defence facilities, ambulatory surgery centres and skilled nursing facilities in the US, Canada, Africa and Europe.

Image: A member of staff in a hospital. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.