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Louisiana’s first germ-zapping robots join University Health team


Keep a keen eye out on your next visit to the University Health campus in Shreveport and you might just see Allie and Gator – the hospital’s leading-edge technological marvels who roam clinical rooms zapping potential infection and improving overall safety for patients.

They look a little like cute androids but make no mistake about their ultimate power to destroy deadly bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores by delivering ultraviolet light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight. In particular, they are the sworn enemies of hard-to-kill superbugs like MRSA (antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), novovirus and the flu.

And, University Health is the first acute care hospital in Louisiana to use Xenex Disinfection Services’ innovative germ-zapping disinfection technology for its patient and operating rooms.

“This clearly demonstrates the commitment and investment University Health is making to patient safety,” said Dr. Kevin Sittig, Chief Medical Officer. “This technology raises the bar on the strong disinfection program we already have in place. Bacteria that have become smart enough to grow on surfaces like computer keyboards cannot hide from Allie and Gator. They seek out the germs and destroy them.”

One U.S. hospital that uses the technology reported a 53 percent decrease in C. diff infections according to published reports. While it is still too early to have tracking results from the deployment of Allie and Gator at University Health, Mark Tolbert, Director of Environmental Services, said, “we strongly believe the technology will play an important role in our infection prevention based on published results we’ve seen.”

“We have zero tolerance for hospital-acquired infections and the use of these new Xenex robots will help us achieve those goals,” said Dr. Sittig.