St. David’s South Austin Medical Center recently acquired the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot—an automated cleaning device for advanced disinfection of healthcare facilities.
This innovative robot—which stands at 5 feet, 2 inches tall when fully extended and in use—can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in 5 to 10 minutes.
The Xenex Full-Spectrum™ UV room disinfection system produces ultraviolet (UV-C) light to penetrate the cell walls of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and spores. Because UV-C light is hundreds of times more powerful than sunlight, the robot destroys harmful bacteria by fusing its DNA so bacteria is unable to reproduce or mutate, effectively killing bacteria on surfaces and in the air without contact or chemicals.
The portable robots are used as an added precaution for patients. They are brought into operating rooms and patient rooms after hospital staff have thoroughly cleaned the area.
The Xenex system has been credited with helping U.S. healthcare facilities reduce their rates of infection.