University Health Shreveport, an acute care hospital located in Louisiana, will deploy Xenex Healthcare Services’ xenon UV room disinfection system, a robot that is designed to eliminate bugs in hard-to-clean places, to enhance patient safety.

The Xenex disinfection device uses ‘green’ mercury-free technology to disinfect a patient room, patient bathroom or operating room to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and even bacterial spores.

University Health Shreveport is reportedly the first acute care hospital in the state of Louisiana to use Xenex’s advanced UV room disinfection technology.

The device uses pulsed xenon to deliver ultraviolet (UV) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy the most dangerous and hard-to-kill superbugs like Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza and MRSA (antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria).

The technology is used in addition to extensive cleaning services provided by the hospital’s environmental services team.

University Health chief medical officer Dr Kevin Sittig said that the hospital is committed to patient safety.

"Xenex is a high-level disinfection option that complements the strong disinfection programme we already have in place," Dr Sittig added.

"Bacteria that have become smart enough to grow on surfaces like computer keyboards cannot hide from this light. They will be destroyed by this new technology. We have zero tolerance for hospital-acquired infections and this Xenex robot helps us achieve our goal."

"We have zero tolerance for hospital-acquired infections and this Xenex robot helps us achieve our goal."

According to published data, one US hospital that uses the Xenex room disinfection system has achieved a 53% reduction in hospital-acquired C. difficile (C.diff) infections.

Designed to disinfect a room in just five to ten minutes, the device is portable and operates on its own once it is set up in a room.

The Xenex unit pulses UV light over high-touch surfaces where germs reside, destroying the deadly pathogens without leaving a chemical residue.

Xenex co-founder and chief scientific officer Dr Mark Stibich said that Xenex devices are proven to destroy the dangerous microorganisms that cause infections.

"Innovative hospitals like University Health that are focused on patient safety and improving the quality of care of their patients are embracing our room disinfection system because it works," Dr Stibich added.

The xenon disinfection system, a pesticidal device which can be integrated into hospital cleaning operations, is designed to contribute to the creation of a safer and more effective healthcare system.