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IRMC adds new germ-zapping robot to combat infection-causing pathogens, thanks to Indiana Healthcare Foundation

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A germ-zapping robot isn’t replacing our housekeeping team, but rather stepping in as a second layer of protection. Through the Indiana Healthcare Foundation, IRMC has acquired a second Xenex Light Strike Germ-Zapping Robot.

IRMC’s robots are part of the Environmental Services Team and are designed to enhance our thorough processes for cleaning rooms and killing infection-causing germs throughout the facility.

Due to an increase in COVID-19, we have ramped up robot usage. Last month, the robot was used 927 times. With the addition of a second robot, we will be able to double our capacity to disinfect critical areas. The UVC disinfecting robot has proven to deactivate SARS-COV-2 (COVID) in 2 minutes, the fastest in the industry.

“Our housekeepers love it. It adds an extra layer of protection,” says Laura Husted, IRMC Environmental Services Manager. “It proves we go the extra mile to keep everyone safe.”

The portable Xenex system deactivates the DNA of other bacteria pathogens and viruses, such as the flu, MRSA, Cdiff. in 5 minutes. It uses intense bursts of germicidal ultraviolet light to quickly disinfect rooms. The robot’s light is so intense it even works in shadowed areas. It is also used in every department and unit within the hospital, including isolation rooms, operating rooms, general patient care rooms, contact precaution areas, emergency rooms, bathrooms and public spaces.

"A big thank you to our generous donors for continuing to support our mission. Because of you, this essential item will help to keep everyone in the hospital safe," says Heather Reed, Executive Director of the Indiana Healthcare Foundation.