Rose Medical Center in Denver, US, has become the first hospital in Colorado to implement the Xenex disinfection system, a robot that is designed to eliminate bugs in hard-to-clean places.

The Xenex disinfection device uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light to disinfect a patient room, patient bathroom or operating room to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and even bacterial spores.

Designed to disinfect a room in minutes, the device is portable and operates on its own once it is set up in a room, while a motion sensor automatically shuts off the machine if someone should enter.

Rose Medical Center chief nursing officer Lynne Wagner said that patient safety is always the top priority at the hospital.

“There is a lot we can do with hospital-grade germicides and bleach to sterilise surfaces, but there are always nooks and crannies that are hard to reach, and some bugs like C. diff are even showing resistance to chemical disinfectants,” Wagner added.

“That’s why it was crucial for us to take this battle against hospital acquired infections to the next level, and the Xenex robot allows us to do just that.”

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Scientifically proven to destroy all major classes of microorganisms that cause hospital acquired infections (HAI), the UV disinfection system is the safest and most effective method for the advanced cleaning of hospital rooms, claims Xenex.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HAIs are the fourth-leading cause of death in the US. They are caused by pathogens such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile, pneumonia and Acinetobacter.

Image: Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, US. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Beall.