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St. Cloud Surgical Center is First ASC in U.S. to Utilize Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot to Disinfect Operating Rooms & Enhance Patient Safety more

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Southern Biologics Network Established to Create Biologics Faster and Less Expensively more

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Morningside Ministries at the Manor is the First Skilled Nursing Facility in Texas to Protect Residents with Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot more

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RBA to cut rates in 2015: Still want to invest in term deposits? more

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Can robots help stop the Ebola outbreak? more

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Robots Help Fight Ebola more

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South Florida Hospital Unveils Ebola-Zapping Robot more

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Sonoma Valley Hospital uses robot to kill germs more

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Robots go to war against Ebola more

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New iTraumaCare CEO to pursue big growth more

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UAB and SRI have plans to spinoff more success more

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Launch of Galderma's new acne products more

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iTraumaCare’s new CEO to help company secure new funding more

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U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley Adds Xenex Ebola-Zapping Robot to Inventory more

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Forthcoming Acne Treatment Made With Exclusive (And Sustainable) East Indian Sandalwood Oil more

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Sonoma Valley Hospital Acquires Xenex Germ-Killing Robot to Enhance Patient Safety more

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Robot fights germs at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center more

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Xenex updates protocols for germ-zapping robots in response to Ebola threat more

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How do we get rid of the endotoxins? Birmingham's  has the solution more

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Medical Device ® Positions New Leader for Next-Level Growth more

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The Xenex robot at South Shore Hospital featured on an Xploration Earth more

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Germ-zapping robot Gigi sets its sights on Ebola more

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Morningside Ventures leads a Series B round for DNAtrix more

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StemBioSys secures new research space at BioBridge Global more

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Birmingham's Soluble Therapeutics acquires Seattle company Dilyx Biotechnology more

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Company invents germ-zapping robot more

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Xenex Congratulates Houston Cancer Hospital more

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DNATRIX ANNOUNCES TREATMENT OF FIRST PATIENT WITH DNX-2401 more

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Targeted Technology raises more than $40 million more

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Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs): Not All UV Light is the Same more

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Bluegrass Vascular Technologies Names Dr. Gabriele Niederauer President And CEO more

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Three Birmingham companies recognized in PwC report more

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Former Kinetic Concepts Inc. CEO to lead StemBioSys more

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International dermatology company Galderma confirmed more

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AUSTRALIAN Sandalwood producer TFS Corporation will supply oil more

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San Antonio luring biotech firms with venture capital more

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Biotech firm secures nearly $5 million in funding, is relocating to San Antonio more

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Birmingham is on the front lines of medical research: take a look at this incredible biotech startup more

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Germ-Zapping Robots Fight C. diff and MRSA at Mercy Health Saint Mary's more

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Milford hospital enlists robots in war against infections more

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Xenex Testifies About UV Room Disinfection Technology Effectiveness to U.S. House of Representatives more

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Western Pa. hospitals test robot using ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria

Part electric bug zapper, part “Star Wars,” light-blasting robots are emerging as Western Pennsylvania's newest weapon against hospital-acquired infections blamed in thousands of patient deaths nationwide.

“We're not going to make the infection rate zero. But we're going to do everything we can to make it as low as possible,” said Dr. Joseph Romano, an infectious disease physician at UPMC Passavant in McCandless, one of five hospitals testing the technology in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

UPMC Passavant received its $76,000 stationary robot in May through the Passavant Hospital Foundation, which bought the cleaning equipment from Xenex Disinfection Services in San Antonio.

Reminiscent of the “Star Wars” character R2-D2, the device nicknamed Violet by Passavant workers isn't much bigger than an industrial-sized trash can. Workers set it up in operating and patient rooms after janitors finish a conventional scrub-down, activating its strobelike flashes for up to an hour per room.

The ultraviolet light from Violet's bulbs filled with xenon gas is about 25,000 times brighter than sunlight — much more intense than traditional ultraviolet light bulbs filled with mercury, Xenex spokeswoman Melinda Hart said.

The so-called UVC rays are bright enough to penetrate and damage the DNA of dangerous “superbug” bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, and Clostridium difficile, or C.diff, UPMC doctors said. Hart said the treatment makes the bugs unable to reproduce, leaving the treated hospital rooms safer for the next round of patients.
 
Hospital-acquired infection rates dipped by more than 50 percent at some facilities that use the technology, according to studies cited by the privately held manufacturer.

“The advantage of the UVC rays is that they're able to get into the nooks and crannies that sometimes we, as humans, can't get into,” said Mark Hundley, environmental services director at UPMC Passavant.

The hospital reported six surgical-site infections among 1,508 surgeries that doctors performed in June, well below national averages.

Acute-care hospitals nationwide reported an estimated 722,000 health care-associated infections in 2011, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. About 75,000 of those patients died during hospitalizations, the CDC found.

Whether the UVC technology will curb the problem in Western Pennsylvania is an open question. Excela Health in Westmoreland County added a similar robot from the Oakland, Calif.-based Clorox Co. in April at its Latrobe campus, spokeswoman Robin Jennings said.

Funded by charitable groups, the supplemental device nicknamed the Germinator remains under review to see whether it lives up to its promise.

“Then we'll consider whether we should be using it more broadly,” Jennings said.

UPMC has tested other disinfection robots since winter at Shadyside, and Presbyterian and Montefiore in Oakland. It's too soon to know whether the equipment is reducing rates of infections there and at Passavant, UPMC officials said.

The Downtown-based health care system is considering whether to bring on board more robots for its hospitals. Rival Allegheny Health Network did not comment on whether it's using the technology.

For Xenex-brand devices, the total price over three years can reach about $134,000, including monthly service fees and support services. Hart said the equipment can pay for itself if it stops a few hospital-acquired infections, which can cost thousands of dollars apiece in treatments.

She said about 250 hospitals and Department of Veterans Affairs facilities have bought the Xenex robots since the company began selling them in 2010. A standard filter prevents much of their visible light from reaching human eyes, the company said.

The most harmful UVC rays can't breach anything thicker than a plastic sandwich bag, so workers should be safe from the beams if they stay behind windows, Hart said. She said safety features should shut down the robot if a person walks into a room where it's working.

“You would have to stare at it a really long time for any damage to occur,” she said.

UPMC's Romano emphasized the effort won't replace traditional cleaning practices such as robust hand-washing.

“We don't want to make somebody worse when they come to the hospital,” he said. “We want to make them better.”

Adam Smeltz is a Trib Total Media staff writer. back

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Xenex Demonstrates UV Room Cleaning Systemís Effectiveness in Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections more

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House committee looks for new technology in Veterans Affairs hospitals more

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FDA grants fast track status to drug DNX-2401 for recurrent Glioblastoma more

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CEO shakeup at San Antonio biotech company StemBioSys more

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BiO2 Medical Enrolls Subjects in the New U.S. FDA Early Feasibility Pilot Study for the Angelģ Catheter more

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San Antonio biotech firm readies skin treatment for distribution more

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ViroXis Gets Approval To Initiate FDA Phase 2 Study For Molluscum Contagiosum more

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Medical technologies conference announces speaker lineup more

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Santalis Pharmaceuticals Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Global Pharmaceutical Company to Commercialize OTC Dermatology Products more

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ViroXis Corporation Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Global Pharmaceutical Company to Commercialize an OTC Dermatology Product more

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DNAtrix Awarded $10.8 Million Grant by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas more

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ViroXis Corporation Achieves Key Clinical Milestones more

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There are growing concerns about the threat of an antibiotic crisis caused by the spread of drug-resistant superbugs. Those concerns could result in more