Germ-Zapping Robots Enhance Infection Prevention at Martin Medical Center

Hospital Earns “Visionary” Status in Recognition of LightStrike
Program Success

STUART, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Patient safety is a top priority at Martin
Medical Center
, which recently announced that it has seen a
significant reduction in its Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection
rates since adopting Xenex LightStrike
Germ-Zapping Robots™ as its environmental standard of care. Recognizing
that germs and bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to cleaning
chemicals, antibiotics and even some hand sanitizers, the facility
invested in two LightStrike
robots which quickly destroy the microorganisms that can cause
healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Martin Medical Center is the
flagship hospital for Martin Health System, which has also adopted the
germ-zapping technology at its other two hospitals: Tradition Medical
Center and Martin Hospital South. These two facilities have also
reported significant reductions in their C.diff infection rates.

“The microorganisms that cause infections are getting smarter and
becoming antibiotic-resistant, which is why we need new weapons like the
LightStrike robot to destroy them before they pose a threat to our
patients and employees,” said Meghan Patel, Martin Health Manager,
Infection Prevention and Control . “We have a fantastic team, and adding
the LightStrike disinfection to our cleaning regime is helping bring
down the bioburden in our facility, which has led to fewer
environmentally transmitted infections. It’s a win – win for everyone.”

Although the hospital had very low infection rates prior to deploying
the robots, Martin Medical Center’s goal was to ensure it stayed one of
the cleanest hospitals in Florida. The LightStrike robots use high
intensity, pulsed
xenon ultraviolet
(UV) light to quickly disinfect patient rooms of
harmful pathogens such as C.diff, Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)
that can cause HAIs.

With the rise of superbugs that are increasingly hard to kill, hospitals
like Martin Medical Center are turning to LightStrike robots to help rid
their facilities of dangerous pathogens. LightStrike robots have been
credited in peer-reviewed,
published studies
by numerous healthcare facilities for helping them
reduce their C.diff, MRSA and Surgical Site Infection rates
46%-100%. At Martin Medical Center, the LightStrike robots are used in
patient rooms across five high risk units and ancillary areas to ensure
the cleanest rooms possible for their most vulnerable patients.

The LightStrike robotic disinfection system works by pulsing xenon, an
inert gas, at a high intensity in a xenon ultraviolet flashlamp. This
produces intense ultraviolet C (UVC) light which penetrates the cell
walls of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus and
spores. Their DNA is fused, rendering them unable to reproduce or
mutate, effectively killing them on surfaces. Requiring no warm-up or
cool-down time, the robots work quickly and add only 10-15 minutes to
room turnover time.

“Martin Medical Center is one of the top hospitals in Florida. It is
evident by their investments in new technologies, recent cardiovascular
affiliation with Cleveland Clinic, and planned renovations, they are
always at the forefront of patient care,” says Irene Hahn, VP of sales
and account management for Xenex. “For their commitment to infection
control and patient care, we are proud to designate Martin Medical
Center as a Visionary Hospital.”

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.

About Martin Health System

Martin Health System is a not-for-profit, community-based health care
organization that has served the region for nearly 80 years. It offers a
continuum of care including preventive, primary and acute hospital care,
as well as cancer and cardiac care, wellness and rehabilitation
services. Its approximately 4,500 associates, 400 affiliated physicians
and more than 850 volunteers provide care at 13 different locations
serving Martin and St. Lucie counties on Florida’s Treasure Coast. To
learn more, visit

Xenex Disinfection Services

Xenex’s patented Full SpectrumTM 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. Xenex’s
mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by destroying the deadly
microorganisms 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


Melinda Hart, 210-240-4669