‘Germ-Zapping Robots’ Responsible for New Cleanliness Standard

Mechanical marvels earn Pennsylvania hospital ‘visionary status’

Chambersburg Hospital (PA) has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ (2017 and 2018), while also being named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Coronary Intervention, Orthopedic Surgery, Pulmonary Care, and Critical Care in 2018.

The latest evidence of the hospital’s commitment to cleanliness comes in the form of state-of-the-art Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots for room disinfection, making their utilization its environmental standard of care.

LightStrike robots emit intense, pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light that quickly and effectively disinfects patient rooms of hard to kill pathogens such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). After a room is manually cleaned by a member of the hospital’s Environmental Services team, a robot is wheeled in and run for five minutes on each side of the patient bed.

“We are honored to be one of Chambersburg Hospital’s infection prevention partners,” sayid Irene Hahn, vice president of sales and account management for Xenex. “After carefully reviewing the scientific evidence from other facilities that are using LightStrike robots, Chambersburg Hospital made the initial investment to deploy our technology. Within a few months, they see saw a positive impact on their infection rates and expanded the program.

“The robots have paid for themselves as a result of fewer infections–which is what we consistently hear from other hospitals around the U.S. We are proud to honor them as a Visionary Hospital for the outstanding work they are doing to set new standards for patient care.”

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