CANTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mercy Medical Center recently became the first and only health-care facility in Stark County to disinfect hospital surfaces using robots that safely emit germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) rays more intense than sunlight to destroy microorganisms, even in shadowed areas. The hospital now uses two Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots primarily in the intensive care unit (ICU), 5 Main, operating rooms, cardiac surgery, and cardiac catheterization labs.
This cutting-edge technology features Full Spectrum™ pulsed xenon UVC light (not mercury bulbs) to penetrate the cell wall of microorganisms, quickly destroying bacteria, viruses, fungi, and bacterial spores without chemical residue or fumes. This portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including:
- Clostridium difficile (C.diff), which can live on surfaces for four to six months and is particularly hard to eliminate
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
The hospital also purchased the LightStrike Disinfection Pod, a portable disinfection containment unit that can rapidly disinfect high-touch mobile equipment like wheelchairs, computer workstations, and IV poles.
Barbara Yingling, RN, BSN, MAed, vice president and chief nursing officer, says safety of patients, families, staff, and employees was a major factor in the decision to purchase the Germ-Zapping Robots.
“Hospital acquired and surgical site infections are devastating and costly,” says Yingling. “Given the fact some superbugs can live on surfaces for hours to months and are becoming more resistant to antibiotics, it’s critical we implement the most effective system available to destroy them before they cause harm. The Xenex system is used in hundreds of healthcare facilities around the world, and studies show the robots can reduce infection rates by more than 70 percent.”
According to Paul Hiltz, Mercy’s interim CEO, the Germ-Zapping Robots are part of Mercy’s ongoing efforts to take patient safety to even higher levels.
“Over the past two years, Mercy has made many noteworthy achievements in preventing infections, problems with surgery, errors, common safety problems, and more,” Hiltz says. “The Leapfrog Group, a national leader and advocate in hospital transparency, validated our efforts last fall and again this spring, awarding us Canton’s only B in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. While we are proud of that award, we recognize there is always more we can and must do to ensure safety for everyone at Mercy.”
Mercy Service League—a dedicated, diverse group of women who support Mercy’s mission through, among many things, fundraising—is playing a major role in bringing the Germ-Zapping Robots to the hospital. Proceeds from the organization’s 2018 Harvest Ball will benefit this major patient-safety project. Learn more about this year’s Harvest Ball at cantonmercy.org/harvest-ball/.
Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex's patented Full SpectrumTM pulsed xenon UV room disinfection system is used for the advanced disinfection of healthcare facilities. Due to its speed and ease of use, the Xenex system has proven to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations. Xenex’s mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by destroying the deadly microorganisms that cause hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The company is backed by well-known investors that include Malin Corporation, Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology Fund II and RK Ventures. For more information, visit Xenex.com.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Alliance, Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.