One hospital in Greensboro is going high tech when it comes to battling infections that could be left behind in hospital rooms. The staff is using pulses of ultra violet light with a new machine to keep patients safe from antibiotic resistant illnesses. Our Stephanie Stillwell has more on the germ killing robot.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hospital leaders said it looks a little bit like R2D2 from Star Wars. But with a few flashes of light, the Xenex System gets work battling infections.
Mary Jo Cagle, Chief Quality Officer said, “We know that there are certain bacteria, who the coat around the bacteria by certain lengths of light.”
She says it's most effective in battling antibiotic resistant bugs like MRSA. The cleaning staff wipes down and cleans each room. But Cagle points out traditional cleaners can't provide the level of clean that the robot can.
Cagle said, “Our cleaning staff has always done a great job coming in and sterilizing and cleaning our rooms, but at the best they can do, they can only remove 80 to 85 percent of the bacteria in a room.”
After about 10 minutes in the room, the machine can remove up to 99 percent of bacteria. And at $80,000 per machine, hospital officials said it more than pays for itself.
Cagle said, “But when we realize that one hospital acquired with MRSA costs about $27,000 each. Four of those infections more than pays for the cost of this machine.”
And she points out the health care system, which owns four Xenex machines is already seeing a positive return on their investment.