As the world looks for innovative ways to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light have been suggested as potential solutions. The world leader in UV disinfection for healthcare facilities, Xenex Disinfection Services, offers the following information about disinfection and decontamination of surfaces using UV light technology.
- The contamination of surfaces by SARS-CoV-2 poses a grave threat to the safety of healthcare workers, patients, frontline responders, military service members, and global citizens. Xenex LightStrike UV robots are able to deactivate viruses, bacteria and spores on surfaces in a 5-minute disinfection cycle.
- Xenex’s LightStrike robots, with full spectrum, germicidal UV light, are more effective than sunlight at deactivating pathogens. They emit germicidal light across all spectrums, including UV-A, B and C.
- For decades, companies have developed technologies using mercury bulbs to create continuous, single spectrum (253.7nm) low intensity UV light. There are dozens of companies marketing UV devices that use mercury bulbs. Xenex developed a way to use a xenon lamp to generate bursts of high intensity, broad spectrum (200-315nm) UV light. Different pathogens are susceptible to UVC light at different wavelengths. With broad spectrum light, Xenex LightStrike robots quickly deactivate pathogens where they are most vulnerable, without damaging surfaces and hospital equipment.
- LightStrike robots help hospitals reduce the transmission of disease by destroying the pathogens that can cause infections. 30+ peer-reviewed studies have been published in top journals demonstrating the efficacy of LightStrike pulsed xenon UV disinfection in the hospital environment, including 50-100% reductions in the hospitals’ C.diff, MRSA and/or Surgical Site Infection rates.
- Xenex is honored to be part of the disinfection strategy for more than 500 healthcare facilities worldwide, including 70 VA hospitals and 10 DoD facilities. In addition, LightStrike robots have been deployed in diverse settings including long-term care facilities, hotels, food processing facilities, restaurants, government buildings, and a police station.
Xenex LightStrike robots deactivate Coronavirus on surfaces in a 5-minute cycle using patented, high-intensity, full spectrum, pulsed xenon UV light.