St. Mark's Hospital October 17, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT Hospitals in Utah and across the nation continuously look for new and innovative ways to kill multi-drug resistant organisms that put patient lives at risk. St. Mark’s Hospital has escalated its battle against deadly pathogens and taken a leap into the future by implementing a germ-zapping robot that eliminates hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.

St. Mark’s Hospital is the first in the state to implement a Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot™, which has been credited with helping healthcare facilities across the country decrease Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection rates by nearly 50 percent, according to a recent study. The robot can disinfect a room in minutes and is easily portable, allowing it to be used in virtually any location within the hospital and on a day-to-day basis.

“This technology represents a huge step forward in ensuring patient safety,” says Marsha Meyer, director of infection control at St. Mark’s Hospital. “We are excited about this technology’s ability to help us achieve our infection prevention goals by significantly reducing infection rates.”

The hospital’s new disinfection robot features the only technology that uses high-energy, full spectrum, pulsed xenon ultraviolet light known as UV-C. It is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight and it destroys even the most dangerous pathogens, including C. diff, MRSA, norovirus and influenza.

St. Mark’s Hospital is enhancing cleanliness and safety by using the robot to battle multi-drug resistant organisms that put patients at risk and antibiotic resistance as well. It is highly effective against a variety of bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is the latest weapon in the battle against bacterial spores that are difficult to eradicate with the disinfectants typically used in hospitals.

How It Works

  • After standard cleaning procedures are complete, hospital team members wheel the robot into the room, position it beside the bed, begin the automated sequence, and then leave the room.
  • A sign is placed outside the room warning people not to enter while the robot is in operation, and a motion sensor automatically shuts off the robot if anyone should enter.
  • The process is then repeated on the other side of the bed and in the bathroom, for a total of 15 minutes to thoroughly clean each room.
  • By using UV light, the robot effectively and quickly disinfects every surface in the room and does not leave a chemical residue. Each treatment takes about five minutes