Press release

Robotic Germ Zapper Helps Bring Down Infectious Disease

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A germ-zapping robot called LightStrike
from Xenex
is used at California
Pacific Medical Center
(CPMC) hospitals to help curb the spread of
infectious diseases. This mobile robotic device is used in intensive
care units, medical surgery units, operating rooms and in rooms where
patients suffering from Clostridioides difficile (also known
as C.diff), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSA) and other microorganisms, were discharged. CPMC, part of Sutter
Health’s integrated network of care in Northern California, now employs
this mobile
robotic technology
at all campus locations—with a total of seven
robots in operation.

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The LightStrike robot emits dozens of bright pulses of (UV) light per
second that bounce into walls, floors, ceilings and hard-to-clean places
where manual cleaning might miss. The UV light is absorbed by and fuses
the DNA of microorganisms, causing the cell to break apart and dissolve,
deactivating pathogens. A patient room can be disinfected in less than
15 minutes using this system.

The LightStrike robot is not a replacement for manual disinfecting and
cleaning by staff. It is another tool used in the hospitals to enhance
staffs’ efforts to combat infectious diseases and to create a safer,
cleaner environment for patients and their families.

Internal data shows a decline in infectious diseases at CPMC due to an
overarching effort associated with training, improved hand hygiene, and
diligence in disinfecting patient rooms after discharge — which includes
the use of the Xenex

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center —
CPMC’s sister hospitals in the Valley — also use the Xenex Germ-Zapping
to assist in their efforts to disinfect rooms. They have also
seen similar declines in rates of infectious diseases.

About Sutter Health

is more than 60,000 people strong thanks to its integrated
network of physicians, employees and volunteers. Rooted in Sutter
Health’s not-for-profit mission, these team members partner to deliver
exceptional care that feels personal. From physician offices to
hospitals to outpatient care centers and home services, they proudly
support the more than 3 million people in their care—nearly 1 percent of
the U.S. population, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions
in the world. Sutter team members adopt new technologies, make novel
discoveries and embrace creative thinking to help patients and
communities achieve their best health. From its street nurse program
that provides check-ups for homeless people, to telemedicine-aided
specialist consultations, to walk-in care clinics, to smart glass
technology, the Sutter Health team goes beyond traditional models to
make care more convenient and to nurture and empower people throughout
their medical journey.

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