Wheaton Setting New Standard for Patient Safety: Germ-Fighting Robots - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on April 24, 2014

Wheaton Setting New Standard for Patient Safety: Germ-Fighting Robots

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At 5’ 2” the new germ-zapping robots at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare pack quite the punch. As an enhancement to patient safety efforts, these two robots were added to the environmental services team at Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Campus and Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus as an additional layer of infection control.

Meet Wheaton's Germ Fighting Robots

Affectionately named Mr. Clean and Cicero, Wheaton’s robots pulse UVC light to eliminate the microorganisms that can cause hospital-acquired infections. 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 Amy Lentes, Director - Environmental Services. “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 number.”

How the Robots Work

Manufactured by Xenex, the robots disinfect rooms in minutes and are easily portable, allowing them to be used in virtually any location within the hospital. Both Wheaton robots are used several times daily in operating rooms and in interventional radiology and C-section suites. They disinfect more than 200 rooms a month.

After a standard cleaning, the robot is wheeled in the room to perform three operating cycles in different areas. The entire process takes 15 minutes, allowing high-intensity UVC light to eliminate any remaining bacteria on high touch surfaces and in out-of-reach places. The robots are equipped with automatic shut-off sensors in the event the room door is opened.

Wheaton First & Only Health System in the Area Using this Technology

Wheaton is the first and only health care system in the Milwaukee area using the pulsed xenon UVC light robots. Unlike similar technology using mercury lamps, pulsed xenon is environmentally friendly and emits UVC light across a broad germicidal spectrum eliminating a wide range of bacteria at a much faster rate than mercury devices. 

Studies show that hospitals across the United States using Xenex's disinfection technology in their infection control protocols have reported a reduction in infection rates after implementation.

“Adding this new and innovative technology to our current protocols showcases Wheaton’s commitment to patient safety and clinical excellence,” says Lentes.

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Meet Wheaton's Germ-Fighting Robots