Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot Enhances Quality at J.C. Blair

Huntingdon, PA (10/14/16) – J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital recently invested in a Xenex germ-zapping robot that is assisting the hospital environmental services staff with the cleaning of patient and procedure rooms. The Xenex robot, named “Rosie” by the hospital staff, was purchased with the support of a generous donation from the J.C. Blair Foundation.

Rosie uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light, which is more powerful than sunlight, to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous germs, such as influenza, Ebola, Clostridium difficile (C.diff), and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.

After a room is cleaned by the Hospital’s environmental services team, Rosie is wheeled in, set up, and then left alone to zap the microscopic viruses and bacteria that may have been missed. Rosie can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in four or five minute cycles. She can be used in any unit within the healthcare facility, including isolation rooms, operating rooms, general patient care rooms, emergency rooms, bathrooms, and public spaces.

Chief of Staff Dr. Molly Ettenger and Infection Preventionist Beth Brown discovered the Xenex robots while designing the Hospital’s response plan in the case of an Ebola outbreak. When they learned the robots not only destroy dangerous bugs like Ebola, but also have the best decontamination system in the country for more common bacteria and viruses, they presented their findings to the J.C. Blair Foundation to ask for funding support to purchase a robot.

“We want to do everything within our means to improve patient safety, which includes providing a clean environment,” said Adam Dimm, J.C. Blair Vice President of Operations, “The Xenex system boosts J.C. Blair’s already thorough processes for sanitizing rooms and killing germs that cause infections. This investment is important, and underscores our commitment to patient care and the communities we serve.” 

More than 350 hospitals, Veterans Affairs Centers, and Department of Defense facilities in the United States, Canada, Africa, and Europe are using Xenex robots. The Xenex devices have been credited by healthcare facilities for helping to reduce hospital-acquired infections by 50 to 100 percent. Rosie, who joined the J.C. Blair environmental services team in August, has been working hard to achieve similar results.  

Caption: Members of J.C. Blair’s Environmental Services Staff, left to right, Brenda Eichelberger, Wendy Shoemaker, Barb Heidel, Sherri Scott, Maria Fortney, Crystal Taylor, Missy Renninger and Tonya Bookwalter welcomed the newest member of their staff, “Rosie,” a Xenex Germ Zapping Robot.