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Carondelet Hospitals Deploy Germ-Killing Robot

Jun 16, 2017
New Technology Protects Patients from Hospital-Acquired Infections 

Photo of Germ Killing RobotTucson, AZ, June 15, 2017 – Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital have added a germ-eliminating robot to their already stringent disinfection protocols as a proactive measure to protect patients from serious and potentially deadly hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). 

This advanced germ-fighting technology is just one way the Carondelet hospitals are raising the bar when it comes to the level of care they provide to patients. 

The disinfecting robot works by generating ultraviolet (UV) light energy that modifies the DNA or RNA structure of an infectious cell.  After a hospital staff member cleans a patient room using traditional methods, the remotely operated robot is rolled in to complete the process. The device’s patented technology calculates the amount of UV light energy needed to disinfect the entire room while taking into account variables – such as size, shape, surface reflectivity and the amount and location of equipment in the room – and delivers a lethal dose from a single location, effectively eliminating lingering pathogens in the space.

“Implementing this advanced and highly effective technology is an added layer of protection that we use to help safeguard the well-being of our patients and maintain the integrity of our health care environment,” said Mark Benz, CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The robot has proven effective in killing such potentially deadly germs as Ebola, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Norovirus and Enterovirus D68.

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