Reid Health increases germ-zapping robot team
Three new UV robots added to infection-prevention arsenal at Reid Health.
Reid Health, which was the first hospital in Indiana to deploy a new "germ-zapping robot" in 2017, has added three more to the high-tech team used to disinfect surgery and inpatient rooms as part of a multifaceted arsenal to reduce or eliminate risk of infection.
The new units expedite the process of sterilizing surgery
suites and patient rooms and are also used to sterilize every room after a
COVID-19 patient is released. In fact, the pandemic influenced the health
system's decision to add units to the original robot unit, dubbed "Rosie" by
"With the COVID-19 pandemic this year highlighting the
importance of infection control, we always ensure we have the best tools and
technology at our disposal," said Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President and Chief
Quality Officer for the health system. She said the first unit clearly proved
its value in reducing risk of infection.
Kim Schneider, RN, Infection Control with Reid Health, said
cleaning processes used by Environmental Services without the robot are
excellent. The use of the robot after that process "adds an extra layer or
protection for our patients, visitors and staff."
Germ-Zapping Robot" uses pulsed xenon Ultraviolet (UV) light to disinfect rooms
without leaving chemical residue or toxic fumes. Hospitals and health systems using the
technology have reported significant decreases in infection rates.
Jeff Cook, Director of Engineering and Environmental
Services, said the additional disinfecting robots "are another tool
Environmental Services uses in their already stellar performance in cleaning
and disinfecting patient care areas." He said besides being used in surgical
suites and inpatient rooms, they will also be used in the Emergency Department.
The Xenex robot uses Full Spectrum™ pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light that is hundreds of times more intense than sunlight to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. Their DNA is fused, rendering them unable to reproduce or mutate, effectively killing them on surfaces
"This investment is significant and underscores our commitment to patient care and the communities we serve," Ehlers said.
Related link: www.ReidHealth.org/SAFE