Jesuit lends UV-zapping germ killer to East Jefferson General Hospital

"Morty" to help disinfect hospital rooms

Chris Miller
March 26, 2020 - 10:48 am

A robot that blasts germs with deadly (to them) levels of ultraviolet radiation is on its way to East Jefferson General Hospital, courtesy of Jesuit High School.

The bot, nicknamed "Morty" by Jesuit students, has been disinfecting athletic facilities where the Blue Jays train. It will join two other UV units already in use at East Jefferson, helping speed up turnaround times for rooms to take in new patients.

"I think in times like these, we have people that need our help," said Jesuit’s interim president, Fr. John Brown, S.J. "Whenever we don’t have students here, it seems like the right thing to do, to loan it to a place that could really use it."

Some facts on Jesuit's Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot:

The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot™ was donated to Jesuit in 2015 by alumnus Joe Authement ’97. The robot has been effective in sanitizing athletic facilities to provide a safe environment for Blue Jays athletes to train.

The Xenex Full-Spectrum™ UV room 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 without contact or chemicals.

The robot is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA. The robot disinfects in a five-minute cycle, so a single device is able to decontaminate 30-60 rooms per day.

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