By Candace Hoffmann
How do you improve an already world-class, destination orthopedics specialty center? You get Xena the Germinator to enhance infection prevention. At least, that’s what The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital in Phoenix, did.
Despite already having one of the lowest surgical site infection rates in Arizona, The CORE Institute’s leadership reviewed the clinical evidence and peer reviewed data and chose the Xenex LightStrike® Germ-Zapping Robot for optimal disinfection. And of course, if you get a robot, you have to name it.
“We had an internal naming contest,” said Keith Wigman, COO of the Specialty Hospital. Thus, Xena, the Germinator was born. Along with cleaning the hospital’s five operating and patient rooms, the Germinator will be back zapping germs between every orthopedic and joint replacement procedure.
The hospital keeps Xena busy as Lawless noted that the hospital, including its imaging center, sees 580 patients each month. Of those patient encounters, 400 are surgeries. So why this particular robot? The Xenex LightStrike uses pulsed xenon, an environmentallyfriendly noble gas, to create full-spectrum high-intensity ultraviolet (UV) light that can destroy infectious bacteria and viruses within five minutes. She is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C.diff), norovirus, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), influenza, and even the Ebola virus.
While The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital isn’t dealing with such infections, having Xena on board certainly adds an extra layer of protection for both patients and staff. Xena does not roam the room like those little household robot vacuums. Instead she is placed strategically in rooms and programmed for the cleaning, whether a quick burst 2-3 minute cycle between surgeries, or 2-8-minute cycles at the end of the day. How does the environmental services staff feel about having Xena on their team? “They love it,” Lawless said.
Xena is enhancing their jobs and allowing them to concentrate on their regular daily disinfection and cleaning, which is already resulting in nearly perfect cleanliness scores. Matt Crowe, Regional Business director for Xenex, the company that makes the robot, noted that when patients choose The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital for their orthopedic surgery, they know they will get top-notch care. “By adding the robot, the hospital is investing in a technology to further enhance the safety of their patients and staff and ensuring the safest environment possible. This adds an extra layer of confidence,” he added.
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