MedStar Franklin Square Unveils Xenex's Germ Zapping Robot
New Technology is First of its Kind in Baltimore; Enhances Patient Safety
BALTIMORE, Jan. 9, 2014
BALTIMORE, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As hospitals across the nation look
for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill risky
multi-drug resistant organisms, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has
taken a leap into the future with a germ-zapping robot that eliminates
hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
The Xenex robot uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 25,000
times more powerful than sunlight to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi,
and even bacterial spores. The system is effective against even the most
dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus,
influenza, and staph bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus, better known as MRSA.
The robot can disinfect a room in minutes and is easily portable, allowing it
to be used in virtually any location within the hospital. MedStar Franklin
Square Medical Center is the first hospital in the region to implement the
Xenex room disinfection system, which has been credited for helping other
healthcare facilities in the U.S. decrease their MRSA and C.diff infection
rates by more than 50 percent, according to studies.
"This technology represents our ongoing, aggressive efforts to offer our
patients the highest possible quality of care, in the safest possible
environment," said Larry Strassner, Sr. Vice President of Operations and Chief
Nursing Officer for the hospital. "We are very excited to begin using the
robot to help us achieve our goals in infection prevention. Patient safety
remains our top priority." MFSMC plans to use this technology to clean all
patient rooms, the ER and operating rooms.
Because the Xenex robots use UV light, they are able to reach every surface in
the room and do not leave a chemical residue. Each treatment takes about 5
minutes. To disinfect a room after standard cleaning procedures are complete,
hospital team members wheel the Xenex robot into the room, position it, begin
the automated sequence, and then leave the room. A sign is placed outside the
room warning people not to enter while the robot is in operation, and a motion
sensor on the robot automatically shuts off the machine if anyone should
enter, or if motion is detected. The process is then repeated on the other
side of the bed and in the bathroom, for a total of 15 minutes to thoroughly
clean each room.
"The environmental services team at MedStar Franklin Square feels empowered by
the disinfection devices because they understand that they're saving lives by
preventing infections," said Wendell Robinson, Regional Vice President of
Sodexo, which provides integrated facilities management services to the
hospital. "Infection control begins with a clean environment and the Xenex
technology coupled with the Sodexo Shine Program delivers a room disinfection
system that thoroughly accomplishes the desired outcome. It also reassures
patients that they are receiving the highest quality services available in the
About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community
teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore
County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare
services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced
technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals.
The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is
first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually.
MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as
a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation's most prestigious
quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the
Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and
inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for
four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin
Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit
medstarfranklin.org for more information.
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
SOURCE Xenex Disinfection Services
Contact: Debra Schindler, MedStar Franklin Square, 410 554 2496,
Debra.firstname.lastname@example.org; or Melinda Hart, Xenex Disinfection Services, 210
824 3433, email@example.com
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