Springfield Clinic in Illinois reaping immediate benefits
Springfield Clinic’s (IL) Ambulatory Surgery and Endoscopy Center (ASC) was the first ASC in Illinois to enhance patient safety with the use of a Xenex™ LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robot™ to disinfect operating rooms.
The ASC recently expanded its surgical services to include outpatient joint replacement procedures. They have yet to see any infections resulting from those complex total shoulder and total knee procedures. Springfield Clinic staff credit the LightStrike disinfection robot with a significant role in their robust infection prevention program and consider environmental disinfection as part of their outpatient surgical standard of care for patients.
Operating rooms (OR) are supposed to be sterile environments, but studies show these rooms remain contaminated with microscopic pathogens that can cause surgical site infections even after the OR has been cleaned using traditional methods.
LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots quickly destroy germs and bacteria in ORs using intense, pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light. Springfield Clinic’s ASC and many other centers use LightStrike robots to disinfect their ORs after procedures are complete. Two hospitals have published peer-reviewed studies showing 46%-100% reductions in their SSI rates when the LightStrike robot was used to disinfect ORs after terminal cleaning.
Springfield Clinic’s state-of-the-art ASC has already achieved one of the lowest infection rates recorded at less than one percent and earned the highest marks possible for quality and safety from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
“We are committed to being the premier provider of outpatient surgeries and procedures in central Illinois,” said Michelle Lynn, Ambulatory Surgery Center Director.