The robot emits ultraviolet light that disinfects patient rooms

St. Joe’s unleashes killer robots in war on germs

By James T. Mulder |
on February 17, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Syracuse, N.Y. — St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has stepped up its war against potentially deadly patient infections by unleashing killer robots.

The hospital is using two robots, that resemble R2D2 from Star Wars, to kill germs in patient rooms with powerful blasts of ultraviolet light.

After trying out the device last summer, St. Joe’s quickly saw a more than 50 percent decrease in its rate of Clostridium difficile – C. diff for short – infections. That highly contagious bug is rampant in hospitals and nursing homes. It can make patients very sick and sometimes kill them.

“It surpassed our expectations,” Dorothy Haag, St. Joe’s director of quality services, said of the robot.

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