The Jamestown Regional Medical Center has received its Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot and will host an open house at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, so the public can see the new machine.

The robot, named R.O.S.I.E., for Robot Offering Safe Ideal Environment, uses an environmentally-friendly xenon ultraviolet light to quickly destroy microscopic pathogens that may be lurking on hospital surfaces, according to information provided by the JRMC.

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Dan Grebel, JRMC environmental services manager, said everyone who comes into the hospital brings germs.

“Some of these germs are resistant to even the best cleaning solutions and methods available,” he said in a prepared statement.

The robot can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in 10 to 15 minutes. The robot is a tool for the cleaning staff and does not replace any person.

Surgical site infections are rare, according to Jenna Bredahl, JRMC quality manager. She said out of 1,571 procedures that occurred at JRMC in 2017, only eight surgical site infections were reported. She said that is less than 1 percent, whereas the national average rate of surgical site infections is 2 to 5 percent.

A surgical site infection can cost the JRMC between $15,000 and $50,000. The robot costs about $100,000 and was purchased by the JRMC through a fundraising campaign, according to Lisa Jackson, JRMC Foundation director.

More than 400 health care facilities in the world use Xenex’s robots and credit the robot for reducing the facilities’ infection rates.

“One hospital-acquired infection is too many,” said K.C. DeBoer, JRMC president and CEO. “JRMC is a leader in medical technology, so it’s only fitting that we acquire this technology to care for our patients. They deserve the best.”

JRMC and Xenes representatives will be at the open house to answer questions about the robot. snacks and refreshments will be served.