Superbugs have been causing issues, claiming the lives of patients, and perplexing physicians for years. These antibiotic-resistant invisible monsters can create a dangerous situation within a clinical or hospital setting in a very short period of time. It can be extremely difficult to eliminate the contamination from these superbugs in a reasonable time, particularly when you need to flip a patient room and prepare to treat another individual.
The company Xenex has been developing a robot that can eliminate superbugs from a hospital room in a matter of minutes, taking the away the risk of viruses, spores, and dangerous bacteria being left behind in hospital rooms after a manual cleaning. These residual germs are the cause of outbreaks of MRSA, VRE, C.diff and more and can claim the lives of patients, from who were admitted for other, less ominous illnesses or issues to the medically fragile who are at high risk of infection. The LightStrike Robots are able to do a much more thorough job of sterilizing a room after a patient is removed, preventing a serious risk of infection to the next patient and their loved ones as they move in.
The LightStrike robot enters a patient room following the completion of standard manual cleaning procedures. It will scan the room to ensure that it does not detect the presence of humans and then it gets to work. In less than five minutes, Xenex’s Full-Spectrum high-intensity pulsed xenon light technology goes to work on the bugs, eliminating them fully and rendering their risk to humans completely null and void. As these robots get the job done in minimal time, it adds little time to the patient turnover process and allows the next patient to be settled into a safe, clean room.
Currently, there are around 400 hospitals using this technology, and that number will very likely continue to rise. As the word spreads about the success of this new technology and the reduced rate of Hospital Acquired Infections that these facilities have achieved since implementing the new robot decontamination procedures, those numbers will continue to grow.
In addition to the LightStrike robots, Xenex has also developed a LightStrike Disinfection Pod which can blast superbugs on important mobile medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, ventilators, isolettes, monitors, and more. By eliminating the infectious materials that may be carried from room to room on such equipment, patients have a decreased likelihood to contract secondary infections from other patients within the facility. The pods are effective against common superbugs such as C. diff, MRSA, and other potentially life-threatening infections.
As time goes on, it is likely that these LightStrike disinfection devices will become more and more commonplace throughout medical facilities and hospitals. As demand increases and the technology becomes even more widespread, these devices will very likely be saving many, many lives. As the spread of such diseases is prevented, one can hope that more can be discovered about these superbugs and new courses of treatment can be developed that may eliminate their threat altogether.