NCH in the News


NCH Healthcare System adds germ-zapping robots to combat infection-causing pathogens

by Liz Freeman | Feb 05, 2020

A germ-zapping robot isn’t replacing hospital housekeeping; it steps in as a second layer of protection to make sure the job is done.

NCH Healthcare System debuted the robot system that destroys infection-causing pathogens which can be devastating to patients, along with driving up costs to hospitals for addressing hospital-acquired infections.

It is the first hospital in the region to use the robots, which cost more than $100,000 a piece.

Through donors, NCH has purchased three LightStrike robots from Xenex Disinfection Services, a Texas company that says its robots can kill the scariest pathogens, such as Ebola and anthrax, and the more common germs like MRSA, norovirus, C. diff and the flu.

Germ Robot

A Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping robot uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to disinfect a room at NCH Downtown Baker Hospital in Naples on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. NCH now has three of the robots, which help to decreasee infection rates by disinfecting rooms after the rooms are manually cleaned. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY - FLORIDA NETWORK)

The robot works by emitting intense bursts of pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to penetrate the cell walls of microorganisms to destroy them and stop them from reproducing or mutating, according to Xenex officials.  

The system works on bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and spores, according to company officials.

The robots work in 5-minute cycles with the pulsed light targeted to disinfect surfaces where germs linger.

“Anything that’s close to the patient that is touched frequently, like blood pressure machines, bathrooms, sinks and door knobs,” said Dr. Vakhtang Bochorishvili, with NCH’s Infectious Diseases Department.

NCH is using the robots initially in high-risk areas, such as in intensive care units, critical care, operating rooms, emergency departments and patient rooms, he said.

Ultimately, the hospital is striving for zero infection rates and the robot “gives us some advantage,” he said.

Paul Hiltz, NCH president and CEO, said the robots were used at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, where he was before joining NCH last fall. He wanted to bring the technology to NCH.

“Our goal is to provide the safest possible healing environment for our patients,” he said. “NCH already has a comprehensive infection prevention program in place and we are very excited about adding these robots to our infection prevention arsenal.” 

The robot does not give an alert or report to NCH infectious disease officials about what germs it may have found after it completes a germ-destroying cycle in a room, he said.

Instead, NCH will look at its own infection data and can expect a decline going forward due to the robot, he said.

The robot does not replace manual cleaning of operating rooms and other areas where patients have been, said Georgine Kruedelbach, NCH's director of infection prevention.

 “It is an extra layer of protection,” she said. “I love it. I just think it adds to our standards of care and increases safety.”

Germ Zapping Robot

A Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping robot uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to disinfect a room at NCH Downtown Baker Hospital in Naples on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. NCH now has three of the robots, which help to decrease infection rates by disinfecting rooms after the rooms are manually cleaned. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY - FLORIDA NETWORK)

Each robot costs $106,000, but that expense can be covered quickly compared to the expense of caring for a patient with a hospital-associated infection which can run $50,000, Kruedelbach said.

The three robots are based at NCH Baker Hospital Downtown but there are plans to equip North Naples Hospital.

The robot is used in 500 hospitals around the world with about 35 hospitals in Florida, according to Witt Copeland, director of client services for Xenex.

“Naples is the first in the Southwest Florida coast,” he said.

With the recent coronavirus outbreak from China which the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency, the Xenex robot has not been tested with the China strain yet, Melinda Hart, a company spokeswoman, said.

The robot has been tested with another coronavirus strain and it was effective, she said.

“We don’t have (access) to the China strain,” Hart said. “We don’t know when we will get it.”

Xenex officials have offered to work with government officials to figure out if the robot system can be useful, Copeland said.

“We are open to the idea of assisting any way we can,” he said.

Hospital acquired infections and their impact to patient care and to hospitals’ safety records are critical issues for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid and the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC says that on any given day, one in 31 hospital patients have at least one hospital-related infection.

Nearly half million Americans annually suffer from C. diff colitis during hospitalization with symptoms of diarrhea to life-threatening colon inflammation. An estimated 15,000 deaths are directly attributed to the infection, according to the CDC.

Studies have shown hospitals spend nearly $5 billion a year in excess health care costs due to C. diff, according to the CDC.

Another common hospital infection, MRSA, afflicts 1.2 million people annually while hospitalized, according to the CDC.

The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota conducted its own C. diff study using the Xenex robot and found a 47% reduction of the infection over a two-year period, according to study findings published in February in the American Journal of Infection Control.

17 comments

Leave a comment
  1. Leptitox | Jul 23, 2020
    I just couldn't leave your site before disclosing to you that I really delighted in the top quality information you present to your guests? Will be back again oftentimes to determine the status of new posts. Leptitox
  2. Resurge | Jul 23, 2020
    I will have to follow you, the information you bring is very real, reflecting correctly and objectively, it is very useful for society to grow together.  Resurge
  3. TotoDesk | Jul 14, 2020
    great work man, I would like to congratulate you on this effort <a href="https://totodesk.com/">토토사이트</a>
  4. Thomas William | Jul 06, 2020

    AllAssignmentHelp is the best website for delivering the online assignment experts and homework help services. The assignment expert team  will help the students in getting good grades and marks with quality and plagiarism free solutions. AllAssignmentHelp is the best place where you can the solve your all academic needs.

    Assignment helper Malaysia  | law paper writing serviceassignment expertBrampton assignment help

  5. muneer ahmed | Jun 22, 2020
    Yes, great US Military force. Also, in his post you have given a chance to listen about US Military. I really appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing it. https://www.prepaidgiftbalance.site/
  6. digitinc | May 25, 2020
    It was very useful to me. This is truly a great read for me. I have 골드몽 bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work.
  7. digitinc | May 18, 2020
    This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. I love to reading an article that 릴게임 알라딘 can make people believe.  Thanks a lot for sharing a piece of wonderful information which I am looking for a longer period of time.
  8. Resurge Review | May 15, 2020
    Being overweight can increase blood pressure and cholesterol which, in turn, increase the likelihoods of heart attacks and strokes. Heart attacks and strokes are the number one and number three causes of death in the U.S., respectively, and strokes are the number one cause of disability. Resurge Review
  9. digitinc | May 12, 2020
    It is good that you always mention the positive image of these types of topics https://toto-connect.com/ but on the other hand if you need related assistance. I really love this post and hope to see such informative news furthermore. Keep it up.
  10. mILLY | May 12, 2020
    Its as if you had a great grasp on the subject matter, but you forgot to include your readers blading hairstyles. Perhaps you should think about this from more than one angle.
  11. Pros | May 12, 2020
    Very useful article. Did you write more, author? Let me know rua 69
  12. yusu | May 08, 2020
    Where to Buy PhenQ - Amazon, GNC, Walmart? phenq diet pills GNCTestogen GNC - All about Testogen (price, reviews and dosage) Testogen Pills at GNCNoocube Best Brain Supplements Don't Buy on Amazon or GNC Noocube Brain Booster GNCWhat is the best male enhancement pill at GNC? Male Extra Pills GNCWhat is the best muscle building supplement at GNC? Crazy Bulk GNCKeto Pills GNC Reviews - Is It Safe Or Not? Keto Diet Pills GNCWhat is the most effective male enhancement pill over the counter? Viasil ED pills GNCPhen375 GNC – Buy Phen375 at GNC Phen375 Weight Loss Pills GNCWhat can I buy at GNC to build muscle? Legal Steroids GNCWhat is the best fat burner at GNC? Phenq GNCDoes GNC Sells Bathmate Pump Bathmate Penis Pump GNCWhat is the best supplement for immune support? Immune Pills GNCVolume Pills GNC Real Or Fake SHOCKING Review Semen Volume Pills GNCWhat is the best HGH supplement at GNC? HGH Genf20 Pills GNCCan you buy V Tight Gel in stores? V Tight Gel GNCWhere to Buy PhenQ - Amazon, GNC, Walmart? https://manilareviews.com/phenq-gnc/Testogen GNC - All about Testogen (price, reviews and dosage) https://besttestosteroneboosteronthemarket.org/testogen-gnc/Noocube Best Brain Supplements Don't Buy on Amazon or GNC https://thesistown.com/noocube-gnc/What is the best male enhancement pill at GNC? http://emilydavinci.com/male-extra-gnc/What is the best muscle building supplement at GNC? https://www.buylegalsteroids.net/crazy-bulk-gnc/Keto Pills GNC Reviews - Is It Safe Or Not? https://ketobodytones.com/keto-pills-gnc/What is the most effective male enhancement pill over the counter? https://blog-demadre.com/viasil-gnc/Phen375 GNC – Buy Phen375 at GNC https://effectivephen375.com/phen375-gnc/What can I buy at GNC to build muscle? https://ukbuysteroids.com/legal-steroids-gnc/What is the best fat burner at GNC? https://phentermineguides.com/phenq-gnc/Does GNC Sells Bathmate Pump https://best-penis-pump.com/bathmate-gnc/What is the best supplement for immune support? https://tourettedelaware.org/immune-defence-gnc/Volume Pills GNC Real Or Fake SHOCKING Review http://www.volumepillsbuy.com/volumepills-gnc/What is the best HGH supplement at GNC? https://www.hghgenf20plus.com/genf20plus-gnc/Can you buy V Tight Gel in stores? https://grey-nuns.org/walmart-amazon-gnc-ebay/
  13. Cleaning lady chicago | May 04, 2020
    First You got a great blog .I will be interested in more similar topics. i see you got really very useful topics, i will be always checking your blog thanks.Cleaning lady chicago
  14. Wedding Videographers | May 04, 2020
    The article posted was very informative and useful. You people are doing a great job. Keep going.Wedding Videographers
  15. Chimney inspection | May 04, 2020
    Took me time to understand all of the comments, but I seriously enjoyed the write-up. It proved being really helpful to me and Im positive to all of the commenters right here! Its constantly nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I am certain you had enjoyable writing this write-up.Chimney inspection
  16. Chicago Renters Insurance | May 04, 2020
    Its as if you had a great grasp on the subject matter, but you forgot to include your readers. Perhaps you should think about this from more than one angle.Chicago Renters Insurance
  17. mr seo | May 02, 2020
    Thanks

    Leave a comment