Guthrie, a non-profit integrated health system, has introduced Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots, which uses pulsed xenon light technology to quickly destroy the germs and bacteria that can cause healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in operating rooms.
Four of these robots were acquired by Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre and Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning to help create a safer environment for patients and staff.
The disinfecting robots flash intense germicidal light to create the cleanest possible operating rooms, and the Xenex robots have repeatedly showed their ability to significantly reduce infection rates at other facilities.
Guthrie Surgical Services vice-president Barbara Pennypacker said: "Guthrie is constantly looking for ways to improve care for our patients, and this is one innovative way to prevent infections and ensure quality care for every patient, every time."
The robots work by emitting full-spectrum, high-intensity bursts of ultraviolet-C light that efficiently kills superbugs and pathogens on surfaces in five minutes or less.
It is reported that with the use of the robot an entire operating room is sanitised in 15 minutes.
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Guthrie is located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area.
It is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network.
Comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Corning, Towanda and Troy, Guthrie also has a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network including sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities across Pennsylvania and New York.
Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programmes designed to improve the health and well-being of those it serves.
Xenex’s Full-Spectrum pulsed xenon UV room disinfection system is used for the advanced disinfection of healthcare facilities.
Image: Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot. Photo: courtesy of The Guthrie Clinic.