SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 28, 2022–
Xenex Disinfection Services, the global leader in UV disinfection technology for healthcare facilities, today announced the renewal for 5 years of its contract with the United States General Services Administration (GSA), which allows agencies (including Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense healthcare facilities) easily deploy Xenex’s powerful LightStrike™ room disinfection technology. In addition to federal agencies, the GSA contract supports the procurement needs of eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments (including schools). The GSA Schedule program is the US government’s primary procurement vehicle, providing government buyers with a simple and efficient way to connect with commercial enterprises.
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The LightStrike robot uses intense bursts of pulsed xenon UV light to quickly destroy viruses, bacteria and spores on surfaces and is effective against even the most dangerous superbugs and multi-drug resistant organisms, including MRSA, C. diff and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). (Photo: BusinessWire)
LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots™, which first became available through a GSA contract in 2012, offer a fast and efficient way to disinfect healthcare facilities. More than 130 government healthcare facilities, including VA, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps hospitals, use Xenex LightStrike robots for daily room disinfection . In 2012, WG (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina was the first VA hospital to deploy four LightStrike robots and today uses its 11 LightStrike robots to disinfect operating rooms, patient care units intensive care units, patient rooms, emergency department, cath lab, oncology, dialysis, public restrooms and much more.
Why is disinfection necessary?
Studies show that less than half of the surfaces in a patient room are disinfected when they are cleaned and prepared for the next patient. pathogens such as Clostridium difficile ( C.diff)methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Acinetobacter, and candida auris that can be left on high-touch surfaces can spread from patient to patient or from patient to healthcare professional. Some deadly superbugs show resistance to cleaning chemicals, making pathogens even harder to kill.
The LightStrike robot uses intense bursts of pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to rapidly inactivate viruses, bacteria and spores on surfaces and is effective against even the most dangerous superbugs and multi-drug resistant organisms, including the MRSA, C.diff, and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Additionally, the LightStrike robot has proven effective against Ebola and anthrax and can easily be incorporated into a facility’s biodefense strategy.
“There has never been a more important time to have a sanitized environment. Viruses and bacteria become resistant to chemicals, antibiotics, and even some hand sanitizers. We are honored to be part of the disinfection strategy for VA and DOD hospitals using LightStrike robots for room disinfection. Protecting the environment for those who protect us every day is an honor and we are committed to helping our government customers every step of the way,” said Joe Monroe, Vice President of US Sales for Xenex.
Over 45 peer-reviewed studies have been published validating the effectiveness of LightStrike technology. The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is a pioneer in the use of UV technology for ward disinfection and has conducted numerous studies of LightStrike Pulsed Xenon UV robots. A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control indicates that xenon-based pulsed ultraviolet light systems effectively reduce aerobic bacteria in the absence of manual disinfection.
Environmental protection for government facilities
Xenex robots are designed and manufactured in the USA and use pulsed xenon lamps (not mercury bulbs) to generate broad spectrum UV light. The robots do not require warm-up or cool-down time and do not damage surfaces or expensive hospital equipment such as mercury lamp UV products. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy issued an executive order for federal agencies to become more environmentally protective in practices that include using non-toxic or less toxic alternatives when possible when those products meet agency performance requirements.
LightStrike robots are also available through Geo-Med, LLC, a Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). GeoMed provides a wide range of medical and surgical products to Veterans Health Administration medical centers and DOD military treatment facilities through its GSA contract and ECAT equipment contract.
About Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex is a global leader in innovative disinfection strategies and solutions based on UV technology. Frost & Sullivan named Xenex Global Company of the Year 2020 for its patented technology and for being at the forefront of the fight against SARS-CoV-2. Xenex’s mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by destroying deadly microorganisms that can cause infections. Xenex is backed by well-known investors including EW Healthcare Partners, Piper Sandler, Malin Corporation, Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology Fund II, Tectonic Ventures and RK Ventures. For more information, visit xenex.com.
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