OKLAHOMA CITY – As health care facilities around the world look for effective ways to battle viruses and bacteria that can lurk on high-touch surfaces, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a medical home providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, has taken a leap into the future with three LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots that quickly destroy microscopic pathogens in hard-to-clean places.
“OKCIC takes great pride in its role serving over 21,000 American Indian people representing over 200 federally recognized tribes living in central Oklahoma. Excellent health care is our top priority. Ensuring that people visiting our health care facilities are entering the most disinfected area possible is part of our commitment to them,” said Yvette Morrison, Pharmacy Clinic and Infection Prevention Manager for Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. “ “We want the people coming in to seek treatment to feel comfortable, and providing them with a clean facility is an important step. The LightStrike robots enable us to quickly destroy microscopic germs that we can’t see but may pose a risk to the next person in that room.”
With the world’s focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and recognizing that superbugs are becoming increasingly resistant to cleaning chemicals, antibiotics and even some hand sanitizers, health care facilities are turning to new technology to enhance their cleaning protocols. Microorganisms that can cause infections, such as Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), often dwell on high-touch surfaces in health care facilities. The LightStrike ultraviolet (UV) room disinfection robot is proven to deactivate Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, on surfaces in two minutes.
LightStrike robots use pulsed xenon to create intense bursts of broad spectrum UV light that quickly destroy bacteria and viruses on surfaces. The UV disinfection robot works quickly and does not require warm-up or cool-down time, so OKCIC is able to disinfect dozens of rooms per day (per robot). Forty-five peer-reviewed studies have been published by validating the efficacy of the LightStrike robot disinfection technology.
Operated by staff throughout the facility, the robots are being used to disinfect a wide variety of rooms at OKCIC including patient exam rooms, restrooms, Dental, Pharmacy, Radiology, Physical Therapy, conference rooms, counseling rooms, COVID testing areas, the Wellness Center and much more.
About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 21,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.
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