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FHN introduces robot to disinfect patient rooms


FHN has begun using Xenex, a robotic system used to disinfect patient rooms, operating rooms, and other areas.

The system only takes five to ten minutes to thoroughly disinfect the room and has been proven to destroy all major classes of microorganisms that are responsible for hospital acquired infections, like MRSA, Clostridium difficile (C. diff), pneumonia, and Acinetobacter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those pathogens are the fourth-leading cause of death in the nation.

The Xenex system delivers high-intensity, broad-spectrum ultraviolet light via pulsed xenon technology to quickly kill microorganisms both on surfaces and in the air with no chemicals or contact. The cell walls of the microorganisms are penetrated by the UV light, which fuses their DNA, instantly causing damage and stopping its ability to reproduce or mutate, killing the organism.

The robot is operated by FHN's Environmental Services team.

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