Hoag Orthopedic Institute recently acquired a high-tech piece of equipment
which will supplement our already intensive protocols for sterilization
and infection prevention.
KCAL recently stopped by to take a look. You can watch it in action here:
HOAG ORTHOPEDIC INSTITUTE FIRST IN ORANGE COUNTY TO INTRODUCE GERM-ZAPPING
ROBOT INTO THE OR
Xenex Robot Uses Ultraviolet Light 25,000 Times More Powerful Than the
Sun to Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi
IRVINE, Calif. – Hoag Orthopedic Institute, one of the top orthopedic specialty
hospitals in the U.S., is the first medical facility in Orange County
to introduce an innovative, germ-zapping robot into its operating rooms
and patient rooms.
The Xenex robot, which uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light 25,000
times more powerful than the sun, is able to eliminate bacteria, viruses,
fungi and even bacterial spores in a room in just five minutes. The five-foot-tall
disinfecting device is portable and will be used throughout the hospital.
“We are proud to be a gold standard for positive patient outcomes,
and already boast some of the lowest infection rates in the nation,”
said Dr. Robert Gorab, Chief Medical Officer of Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
“Every decision we make has our patients in mind, and the introduction
of this new technology into our facilities will undoubtedly result in
even better outcomes for them,” he added.
The robot will be integrated into the rigid sterilization processes already
in place at Hoag Orthopedic Institute. It will be wheeled into each operating
room at the end of the day after the hospital’s infection control
team has had an opportunity to go through their standard cleaning protocol.
Additionally, the robot will be used in each patient room after discharge.
About Hoag Orthopedic Institute
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) is comprised of a 70-bed hospital located
in Irvine, California and two ambulatory surgery centers: Orthopedic Surgery
Center of Orange County located in Newport Beach, California and Main
Street Surgery Center located in Orange, California. With over 75 orthopedic
specialists, who have performed over 10,000 cases annually which include
the diagnosis and treatment of knee and hip replacement, spine, sports
medicine, orthopedic trauma and extremities care both in an inpatient
and outpatient setting. HOI was recently named one of the top surgical
quality hospitals in the nation by Consumer Reports. It was also named
as one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the nation for the 2nd consecutive
year by U.S. News and World Report. In 2011, HOI was selected to be one
of the first of three hospitals selected to participate in an innovative
patient registry database that tracks long-term patient outcomes by the
California Joint Replacement Registry. Hoag Orthopedic Institute has also
been named as one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the nation by Becker’s
Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review. For more information visit:
About Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex’s patented pulse xenon UV room disinfection system is a pesticidal
device used for the advanced environmental cleaning of healthcare facilities.
The Xenex system has been repeatedly shown to integrate smoothly into
hospital cleaning operations because of its speed and ease of use. The
Xenex mission is to eliminate bacteria, viruses and spores in the patient
environment that can cause hospital acquired infections and to become
the new standard method for disinfection in healthcare facilities worldwide.
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