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Lewis County General Hospital Reduces Infection Rates with Germ-Zapping Robot; LightStrike Disinfection System Pays for Itself in Less Than 1 Year


County General Hospital
is one of the cleanest hospitals in upstate
New York. Just over a year ago, they began using Hector, a 4-foot tall LightStrike™
Germ-Zapping Robot™, to disinfect patient rooms. Since adding Hector to
their cleaning arsenal and making LightStrike
their environmental standard of care, they have
reported a 20% reduction in infection rates and $132,000 savings as a
result of fewer infections.

"We always want to be on the forefront of infection prevention. Our
hospital cleaning team does a wonderful job, but pathogens are becoming
antibiotic resistant and harder to kill," says Karen Aubertine, Director
of Infection Control and Environmental Services at Lewis County General
Hospital. "Since adding Hector the Germ-Zapping Robot to our cleaning
strategy, we have seen a significant reduction in our infection rates,
and this is a true testament to our team and the work they've done. The
robot has paid for itself in less than a year which is a win-win for
patient safety and the hospital's bottom line."

Healthcare associated infections (HAI) have been fueled by antibiotic
resistant superbugs such as Clostridium difficile (C.diff),
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). These pathogens can linger in
patient rooms for weeks or even months, so hospitals are turning to new
to ensure their rooms stay germ-free. Xenex
LightStrike robots
use pulsed
, an environmentally-friendly noble gas, to create intense,
Full Spectrum™ ultraviolet (UV) light that destroys infectious germs in
less than five minutes.

"Lewis County General Hospital is a forward thinking hospital that makes
patient safety a priority. We are honored and privileged to be their
partners in their mission to provide outstanding medical care to the
community they serve," said Irene Hahn, vice president of sales and
account management at Xenex. "We are proud to recognize Lewis County
General Hospital as a Visionary Hospital in recognition of their
infection prevention success."

According to Xenex, Visionary
are defined as hospitals that 1. Make patient safety a top
priority; 2. Seek out and implement technologies with multiple proven
outcomes published in peer reviewed publications; 3. Follow manufacturer
recommended best practices; 4. Publicize and share results to improve
best practices for all hospitals; 5. Openly share their data for their
benefit and the benefit of all mankind.

Xenex Disinfection Systems

Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots are 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. Xenex's mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by
destroying the deadly pathogens and superbugs that cause hospital
acquired infections (HAIs). The company is backed by well-known
investors that include EW Healthcare Partners, Piper Jaffray Merchant
Services, Malin Corporation, Battery Ventures, Tectonic Ventures,
Targeted Technology Fund II and RK Ventures. For more information, visit

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