Xenex, a mobile robotic device that is highly efficient than of our traditional cleaning methods uses pulsed light technology to eradicate germs more effectively.
The Xenex technology is the fastest, safest and most cost-effective way to automate room disinfection and increase patient safety and is proven to be 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning.
Epidemiologists Julie Stachowiak and Mark Stibich developed the technology that powers the Xenex at the Houston Technology Center. And Cooley Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton, Mass. started using the Xenex cleaner in 2011.
So far, according to statistics from Nov 2011, only eight patients developed
C. Difficile in that time period, and none of the infections became fatal. So, the Xenex system is considered to be the world’s only room disinfection technology to result in a facility-wide decrease in C.Difficile infection rates.
In a device that looks suspiciously like R2-D2 from Star Wars, millisecond pulses of ultraviolet light are blasted across hospital rooms, penetrating bacteria. The light technology either scrambles their DNA, preventing them from spreading, or kills the infection immediately. So-called “smart lamp” technology focuses the light to “high touch” surfaces, which are most likely to be fertile grounds for bacteria to spawn.
In order to protect staff and patients, the robotic cleaner also contains motion sensors that shut down the system if someone disturbs it; as exposure can cause mild sunburn.
With Xenex hospitals benefit from:
- An 82% decrease in infection rates.
- It is 20% more effective than manual cleaning chemicals.
- Establishments save $2.3 million from the reduced cost of infections.
- Only 5 minutes “treatment time” is required.
The results are based on findings from various hospital and academic studies of the cleaning equipment. Xenex can be owned in $80,000, for those who find it costly Xenex can be leased as well. The company has aimed to have it installed in 240 hospitals by the end of this year.