In an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System has brought in virus-killing robots that use ultraviolet light to wipe out harmful microbes and germs.
The LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots have been proven to deactivate the coronavirus in two minutes, according to a release. The robots can destroy superbugs and hard-to-kill bacteria. Deactivating the viruses works by using pulsed xenon, an inactive gas, that generates bursts of ultraviolet light. The UV light eliminates bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and spores. Disinfecting a hospital room will only take about 10 to 15 minutes and will allow the hospital to disinfect multiple rooms throughout the day.
“Our goal is to provide the safest possible healing environment for our patients. Bon Secours already has a comprehensive infection prevention program in place, and we are very excited about adding these robots to our infection prevention bundle, which also includes hand hygiene, antibiotic stewardship and education,” said Matt Caldwell, president of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, in a release. “LightStrike room disinfection is an additional step we are taking to enhance the safety of our patients, which is our focus and priority.”
One robot will be deployed at St. Francis Downtown and another at St. Francis Eastside. The robots will be operated by hospital staff and can be used across departments in various units.
The use of these robots, according to the release, is to utilize new technology to fight increasingly resistant strands of bacteria and superbugs. In doing so, hospital leaders hope to decrease the risk of health care-associated infections.
Warning: The video below contains bright flashes of light.