As hospitals across the nation look for new and innovative ways to
battle deadly pathogens and kill multi-drug resistant organisms that put
patients at risk, Wheaton
Franciscan Healthcare has taken a leap into the future with the
installation of two germ-zapping
robots that eliminate hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
The two Xenex
robots use pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UVC) 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 the most
dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff),
norovirus, influenza, and staph bacteria, including
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.
system can disinfect a room in minutes and is easily portable,
allowing it to be used in virtually any location within the hospital.
Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook
Memorial and St.
Joseph Campuses are the first hospitals in Milwaukee to implement
the Xenex system, which has been credited for helping other healthcare
facilities in the U.S. decrease their MRSA and C. diff
infection rates. Both Wheaton robots are used numerous times daily in
operating rooms (ORs), intensive care patient rooms and in intervention
radiology and C-section suites -- disinfecting more than 200 rooms a
Because the Xenex robot uses UV light, it is able to reach every surface
in the room, and it does 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 beside the bed, 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.
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.
Affectionately named Mr. Clean and Cicero, Wheaton's robots pulse UVC
light that eliminates the microorganisms that can cause healthcare
associated infections (HAIs). The light fractures the walls of those
microorganisms and kills bacteria, viruses and spores without any
contact or chemicals. "It's the fastest and most powerful technology
available," says Lynn Grudzielanek, Sr. Vice President - Operations,
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. "Hospital acquired infections like C.
diff kill 20,000 people a year in the United States. Wheaton
Franciscan Healthcare is committed to doing our part to reduce that
About Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization
with more than 100 health and shelter organizations in Wisconsin, Iowa,
Colorado, and Illinois. Started by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters more
than 130 years ago and formally incorporated in 1983, the System has
corporate services offices in Wheaton, Illinois and Glendale, Wisconsin.
In Southeast Wisconsin, Wheaton is co-sponsored by the Wheaton
Franciscan and Felician Sisters and has more than 10,600 associates,
making it one of the largest private employers in the area. Hospitals
include All Saints in Racine County; Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph and
Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital and Wisconsin Heart Hospital
Campuses, St. Francis, Franklin Hospital, and Midwest Orthopedic
Specialty Hospital in Milwaukee County; and Wheaton Franciscan -
Elmbrook Memorial Campus in Waukesha County. The region also includes
Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group with more than 300 physicians in more
than 50 locations, a network of outpatient centers, three transitional
and extended care facilities, Home Health, and Hospice.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is also affiliated with United Hospital
System in Kenosha.
About Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex's patented pulsed xenon UV room disinfection system is a
pesticidal device used for the advanced cleaning of healthcare
facilities. Due to its speed and ease of use, the Xenex system has
proven to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations. The
Xenex mission is to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses and spores that
can cause hospital acquired infections in the patient environment, and
to become the new standard method for disinfection in healthcare
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