Sutter Medical Center Deploys Germ-Zapping Robot to Enhance Patient Safety
SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the first hospital in the Sacramento area to enhance patient safety by deploying a Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot™ to battle the germs and bacteria that put patients at risk.
The comprehensive medical center in midtown Sacramento already posts an infection rate that is lower than the state and national averages, but officials acquired the robot in their quest to wipe out hospital-acquired infections altogether. The Xenex robot has been proven through scientific studies to destroy hard-to-kill superbugs – such as multi-drug resistant organisms like C. diff and MRSA – in hard-to-clean places.
Sutter Medical Center’s robot – Xhaiden I, which means “Beam of Cleansing Light” – was named by staff and is operated by the hospital’s Environmental Services team. Use of the Xenex robot enhances the hospital’s already thorough processes for cleaning rooms and killing the pathogens that cause infections.
“We have a seven-step process to clean patient rooms upon discharge and get them ready for the next patient,” said Sutter Medical Center EVS Director Debbie Sandberg. “Xhaiden will disinfect the rest of the room: cracks and crevices, ceilings and walls. This is in addition to what our staff already practices in keeping our patient rooms clean and keeps our patients as safe as possible.”
The Xenex robot works by pulsing xenon ultraviolet (UV) light that is thousands of times more intense than sunlight to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and even bacterial spores lurking on hospital surfaces. The technology has been credited by other hospitals for helping reduce their infection rates by 50 percent or more.
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is a 499-bed comprehensive adult, children’s and women’s hospital that includes two acute-care facilities – the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion and the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center – connected seamlessly by a three-story spanning structure. It is the foundation of the Sutter Health system of hospitals and providers.
Sutter Health is one of the nation’s top five large health systems thanks to its integrated network of physician, employee and volunteer pioneers—more than 60,000 people strong. 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 and learn from 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 pioneers 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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