Hurley Medical Center leverages technology – and germ zapping robots – to protect patients and staff

Hurley Medical Center uses the LightStrike pulsed xenon disinfection robot to disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in fifteen minutes

Hurley Medical Center uses the LightStrike pulsed xenon disinfection robot to disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in fifteen minutes

The global COVID-19 pandemic is changing the face of healthcare. We’re thinking differently about our health, our safety and how to care for ourselves and our families in these challenging times. We want to assure you that, at Hurley, we’re here for you and your family– now more than ever.

Protecting our patients, visitors and staff remains the top priority at Hurley Medical Center. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have enhanced the disinfection efforts with increased frequency of cleaning and the use of UV disinfecting, germ zapping robots. Yes, robots.

Always leading the way in technology, Hurley is the only hospital in the county that has a comprehensive program to use ultraviolet light to disinfect patient rooms using a robot, and has been using this technology for almost two years. Introducing the LightStrike Robot. LightStrike pulsed xenon disinfection robot is the first and only ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technology proven to deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In testing performed at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the LightStrike disinfection robot destroyed the virus in two minutes.

According to Xenex, the makers of LightStrike, the robot uses flashes of intense UV-C light to penetrate the cell walls of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and spores. Their DNA is fused, rendering them unable to reproduce or mutate, effectively killing them on surfaces.

The LightStrike robot can eradicate deadly pathogens in less than five minutes and can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in fifteen minutes. It can be used throughout the hospital, particularly where the most vulnerable patients are treated, including the Intensive Care Units, Emergency Department, Isolation Rooms, Operating Rooms, and COVID-19 Units. The robot is able to quickly disinfect high-touch surfaces where pathogens can linger such as bed rails, tray tables, nurse call buttons, grab bars, wheelchairs, etc.

“The coronavirus pandemic has increased awareness of disease transmission and the importance of infection prevention, which is why we are grateful to have the LightStrike robots to help disinfect our facility,” said Ann Newell, Infection Prevention Manager at Hurley.

The portable robots are highly effective against viruses, bacteria and spores. In addition to SARS-CoV-2, these include Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (considered a surrogate virus for COVID-19 by the EPA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.

Protecting our patients and workforce has always been a top priority at Hurley Medical Center. As we begin to reschedule surgeries and get appointments back on the calendar that were postponed due to COVID-19, we want to reassure you that Hurley is ready.

As we have always been and will continue to be … Hurley is here for you.