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Springfield Clinic operates Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot
Springfield Clinic has announced that it is the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Illinois, US, to use the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot and is among the leading outpatient surgery centres in the country to incorporate the technology.
The Xenex robot, affectionately named Louie by the Springfield Clinic Infection Control Committee, uses Full Spectrum pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to quickly and safely destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including C. diff, influenza, Ebola and MRSA.
"Springfield Clinic is committed to delivering the highest quality healthcare," said Mary Stewart, chief clinical officer. "By implementing the latest technology in infection control, we can keep our patients safer and improve the quality of their medical outcomes."
Springfield Clinic's state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery and Endoscopy Centre has already achieved one of the lowest infection rates at less than 1% and earned the highest marks possible for quality and safety from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
In addition to further improving safety, installation of the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot is part of a programme that permits Springfield Clinic's surgeons to perform longer and more complex surgical cases where infection control is paramount.
"We expect to offer total shoulder and total knee replacement as an outpatient procedure within the next couple of months," continued Mary Stewart. "The Xenex device will enable us to more effectively disinfect the ORs, and we are excited to perform surgeries in the ASC that have been typically reserved for a hospital setting."
The Xenex system can disinfect a typical admitting/recovery bay in five minute cycles without warm-up or cool-down times. Cycle times vary, depending on the size of the room, Springfield Clinic expects the disinfection of a large surgical/procedure suite to be completed in about 16-24 minutes.
The Robot has been tested and proven effective using independent lab verification on the most common, dangerous and difficult-to-treat microorganisms. Most importantly, the Xenex system has been credited by healthcare facilities across the US for helping reduce their infection rates significantly.
Due to its speed and ease of use, the Xenex system has proven to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations.
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28th April 2016