Meet Lytbot

Posted: July 29, 2020

Three New Robots Join in the War on Germs, Viruses

In the war against COVID-19, NorthBay Healthcare has more than doubled its army of disinfecting robots for its two hospitals.

Meet Solaris Lytbot, one of three new UV machines on the front lines at NorthBay Medical Center, deployed to eradicate pathogens using a high-energy pulse beam light. High-frequency bulb flash rate delivers disinfection energy into the environment quickly and effectively, destroying vegetative- and spore-forming pathogens.

The trio of Lytbots are meant to complement a pair of Tru-D robots, which are now serving NorthBay VacaValley Hospital.

“The Lytbots are faster than Tru-D,” explained Frank Bizjak, manager of Environmental Services. “What takes Tru-D 45 minutes can be done in two or three three-minute cycles with Lytbot. And with COVID-19 cases spiking, we need time to be on our side.”

Tru-D, which stands for “Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection,” rolled out in 2017, with one robot at each hospital. Tru-D works just as well, but not as quickly.

“Since all our COVID-19 cases are in Fairfield and the census is higher, it makes sense to put the faster robots here,” he said.

About 90 percent of Frank’s staff have been trained in how to use the LytBot. The device, which looks deceptively like a cross between R2D2 and a mailbox, comes on wheels and can be quickly rolled into a patient room after a discharge. The rooms are first manually cleaned and beds stripped before the robot takes over. Two cycles cover the room, and another for the bathroom.

“We’re done in less than 10 minutes, which is a huge advantage,” said Bizjak. “It is also used to clean operating rooms after an enteric case,” he said.

When time allows, Lytbot is also used to clean public restrooms and office areas.

“Our timing in acquiring the Lytbots was good,” said Bizjak. “They deliver just what we need, when we need it most.”

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