Irradiation modules eliminate the need to close parts for cleaning

Delta Hospital has two robots, which vaguely resemble R2D2 from the Star Wars movie.

Fraser Health is stepping up its robotic strength by adding two ultraviolet germicidal irradiation modules.

Modules are like small tents that can be set up and taken down in small spaces within hospitals. Hospital equipment, such as wheelchairs that need to be disinfected, are then placed inside so that UVGI robots can disinfect the equipment.

This avoids having to close entire rooms for the disinfection process, an Aug. 23 press release said.

Fraser Health currently has a fleet of 16 UVGI robots that are used to disinfect hospital rooms.

The robots emit short pulses of ultraviolet light, damaging the DNA and RNA of harmful pathogens. Robots can remove viruses and bacteria from a patient’s room in as little as 20 minutes.

On the termination list for robots is SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID19, Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile), carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs), candida auris (C. auris) and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Fraser Health purchased the Xenex LightStrike robots in 2020 with money raised by local hospital foundations, including here in Delta.

Delta Hospital has two robots, which vaguely resemble R2D2 from the Star Wars movie. Delta Hospital and the Community Health Foundation funded one of the robots. Although there are only two modules, they will alternate between hospitals as needed.

Fraser Health spokeswoman Carrie Stefanson said robots have been widely used throughout COVID-19. For example, they would be brought into isolation rooms after patients leave and before new patients arrive.

Each robot is controlled by an environmental services operator, in conjunction with Fraser Health Infection Prevention and Control, housekeeping staff and caregivers using traditional and chemical cleaning methods.

“Embracing new solutions is critical to providing our patients with the best possible care, Fraser Health CEO Dr. Victoria Lee said in a press release. “UVGI disinfection and our new disinfection capsules are part of a multi-pronged approach to reducing hospital-acquired infections.”

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