Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Acquires Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot To Enhance Patient Safety

First children’s hospital in South Florida to acquire this proven technology

MIAMI - Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has acquired a Xenex germ-zapping robot, the most advanced disinfection technology available, in its continued effort to further enhance the cleanliness of its operating rooms. The robot destroys contagious superbugs in the hospital’s operating rooms in just minutes.

The Xenex germ-zapping robot uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is hundreds of times more intense than sunlight to effectively eliminate harmful superbugs, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), MRSA, influenza and Ebola. This portable device is being used as an extra layer of patient protection in Nicklaus Children’s operating rooms after hospital staff has done a thorough cleaning of the area.

Nicklaus Children’s is the first children’s hospital in South Florida to use this technology and joins nearly 300 other hospitals nationwide using the robot. The Xenex room disinfection system has been credited with helping U.S. healthcare facilities reduce their rates of infection.

“At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, patient safety is of utmost priority. The robot is a testament to our ongoing commitment to using the latest technology to support our infection prevention protocols,” said Jackie Gonzalez, DNP, ARNP, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer and Patient Safety Officer.

Because the Xenex robot uses pulsed xenon UV light to disinfect rooms, it is able to safely reach every surface in the room and does not leave any chemical residue. To disinfect a room after standard cleaning procedures have taken place, a hospital employee wheels the robot into the room, begins the automated sequence, and then leaves the room to allow the robot to eliminate bacteria in a five-minute cycle.

This investment in patient safety and care is made possible by generous donations to Together for the Children campaign. For more information on how to donate please visit www.MCHF.org.

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About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – part of Miami Children’s Health System – is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015-16, by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org

About Xenex Disinfection Services

Xenex's patented Full Spectrum™ pulsed xenon UV room disinfection system is used for the advanced disinfection of healthcare facilities. Due to its speed and ease of use, the Xenex system has proven to integrate smoothly into hospital cleaning operations. The Xenex mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by eliminating the deadly microorganisms that cause HAIs. The company is backed by well-known investors that include Brandon Point/Malin Corporation, Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology Fund II and RK Ventures. For more information, visit www.xenex.com.

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