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Published on February 24, 2015

Bryan Medical Center Utilizing New Robotic Cleaning Technology

Bryan Medical Center is strengthening its long-standing commitment to patient safety by utilizing the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot, a new cleaning technology that disinfects 99.9 percent of a patient’s room in a matter of minutes.

The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot is a unique system that uses pulsed ultraviolet light to quickly destroy viruses and bacteria in the patient environment. The UV-C light passes through the germ’s cell wall and disables its DNA, which prevents the organism from replicating and renders the pathogens no longer infectious. This science has proven to decrease hospital-acquired infections, which account for more deaths in the United States annually than AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents combined.

“At Bryan Medical Center, our top priority is patient safety. That is why we are so excited to be utilizing the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot as part of our commitment to our patients and our community,” said Jeff DeBoer, environmental services manager at Bryan Health. 

The germ-zapping technology is used in both operating rooms and patient rooms. After environmental services staff members clean the room, the machine is brought into the unoccupied area. The robot performs a five-minute ultraviolet light pulsing cycle to decontaminate the area. The UV-C light is “green” technology and does not use or leave behind any toxic chemicals.

Bryan Medical Center is the only hospital in Lincoln, and one of just two facilities in Nebraska, to utilize this advanced technology.


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