August 10, 2016 — A robot that can disinfect a hospital room in a matter of minutes, using UV light to kill bacteria and microorganisms that cause life-threatening infections, is one of several new technologies coming to patients served by USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
The $100,000 portable unit, created by San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection Services, uses a xenon bulb capable of emitting full-spectrum light rays up to 2,000 times brighter than natural sunlight to genetically destroy 99.9% of all microorganisms, even the ones traditional cleaning methods might miss.
“It zaps the entire room with UV light at different frequencies, which helps destroy any remaining bacteria,” said Kenny Pawlek, chief operating officer of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, in a recent interview. “It’s very cool.”
The technology will not replace current disinfection procedures, which involve the manual application of a bleach solution on all affected surfaces, but simply add another level of protection in areas where infected patients have been.