Cleaning In A Flash

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 1:00pm

Robot sterilizes hospital rooms with blasts of ultraviolet light.

Every morning nurse Doug Davis spends at least ten minutes scrubbing his fingers, nails and arms.

It's standard procedure for him and and his colleagues to make sure its patients aren't exposed to dangerous germs or possibly deadly infections.

Now rolling through the hospital hallways is a new member to the team.

The robot enlisted for the war on germs and infections is the "Xenex".

"It's able to get almost every square inch of the room to be decontaminated," explains Davis.

When it comes to hospital decontamination, it's a game changer.

The machine blasts UV light in the room it's assigned to clean, killing germs instantly.

In the past, wiping down and cleaning a room could at least an hour, but now it's can be done in 15 minutes.

The machine pays for itself in the long run.

"The typical cost of a MRSA patient infection to a hospital is about the same cost of the device," notes Xenex's Rachael Sparks.

It also cuts down on staffing costs for the hospital, making a chore easier with some innovative thinking.

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