In its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostic Center is the first ambulatory surgical center in Florida to use a state-of-the-art automated disinfection device. The Xenex LightStrike® Germ-Zapping Robot™ eliminates pathogens, lowering the risk of infections.
“LSDC has a rigorous Infection Prevention program and to enhance this program even more, LSDC will be implementing the Xenex LightStrike® Germ-Zapping Robot™. This is a portable, full spectrum UV disinfection robot that will add another layer of disinfection to any area in our facility,” said Nikki Williams, Operating Room director at Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center, LLP.
The robot uses ultraviolet light that protects against pathogens by destroying the germs that cause healthcare acquired infections (HAIs). It disables bacteria that cause infections such Clostridium difficile (C. diff), MRSA, norovirus, influenza and other microorganisms.
Here’s how it works: LightStrike is placed in a room after it has been cleaned. The robot emits a five-minute cycle of pulsed xenon ultraviolet light, which is hundreds of times more intense than sunlight and differs from light created by toxic mercury bulbs. In just two or three cycles, the light destroys viruses, bacteria, mold, fungus and bacterial spores that cause infections. The light kills microscopic germs on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places.
The robot will be used to disinfect Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center’s ORs, procedure and treatment rooms.
No one can be in the room when the robot is at work, so a warning sign is placed outside the door and a motion sensor automatically alerts the machine to shut off if anyone were to enter the room.
“Use of the Xenex LightStrike system enhances the facility’s already thorough processes for cleaning rooms and killing the pathogens that cause infections. Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center is focused on and committed to patient safety, which is why we invested in this innovative technology,” said Emily Duncan, CEO of Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center.
The best part? Microorganisms cannot mutate and become resistant to the robot. This technology is an integral part of Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center’s infection prevention program.