LIFE-SAVING TECHNOLOGY Duncan Regional Hospital Enhances Infection Prevention with a Germ-Zapping Robot She glides through halls, easily slays superbugs and never fails to light up a room. Perhaps you’ve spotted her wheeling around the hospital in between assignments. “HALO” recently joined Duncan Regional Hospital’s environmental services department as its newest team member. A Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot, she’s an automated disinfection device, but you might call her a pathogen assassin. Patient safety is a top priority at Duncan Regional Hospital. Recognizing that some germs and bacteria have become resistant to cleaning chemicals, antibiotics, and even hand sanitizer, DRH recognized the need for new weapons in the battle against superbugs. That’s where HALO shines. With flu season approaching, there’s never been a better time for a Germ-Zapping Robot. 24 DUNCAN MAGAZINE | Once our EVS team cleans a room, Halo goes in and flashes 5-minute cycles of intense pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV light easily disables C. diff, MRSA, norovirus and other microorganisms that may be hiding on bedrails, tray tables, and counters. LIghtStrike room disinfection provides an extra layer of protection against healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) by destroying the microscopic germs that cause them. Duncan Regional Hospital is committed to avoiding infections and creating a safer environment for patients and employees, which is one of the reasons we enlisted HALO as part of our infection prevention strategy. Standing 5’8 when she’s at work, HALO emits bursts of UV light that is hundreds of times more intense than sunlight. The light quickly destroys dangerous viruses, bacteria, WINTER 2018 mold, fungus and bacterial spores that cause infections and make patients and employees sick. No one can be in the room with HALO because her bright light has the potential to irritate human eyes, but it is safe to watch her through a glass window. For enhanced safety, a sign placed outside the door warns people not to enter, and a motion sensor automatically shuts off the machine if someone should enter. By effectively destroying germs on surfaces, LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots have proven to reduce infection rates in hospitals across the country. With hands-on, attentive training, HALO (and her EVS guide) has integrated seamlessly into hospital operations. Duncan Regional Hospital is currently using HALO to disinfect ICU, surgery, pre and post-operative rooms, wound care and birth center, to name a few of the areas.