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Hoag Orthopedic Acquires Germ-Zapping Robot – Xenex

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Hoag Orthopedic Institute recently acquired a high-tech piece of equipment which will supplement our already intensive protocols for sterilization and infection prevention.

KCBS and KCAL recently stopped by to take a look. You can watch it in action here:


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. For more information visit