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Could use of robots to clean reduce hospital acquired infections?

Reducing infection is a priority in hospitals throughout the world. Accordingly, there are seemingly always efforts being made to reduce the infectious diseases that occur. One company is trending away from cleaning solutions and has created a robot that can zap viruses and bacteria that could lead to patients becoming ill with hospital acquired infections. 

The robots, created by a company called Xenex, use light to kill the germs. The mobile robot is rolled into a hospital room and within five to ten minutes, ultraviolent rays that pulsate from the robot’s light tower, kill bacterial spores, mold, bacteria and viruses. Included among the 99.9 percent of surfaces it kills germs on are: floors, doorknobs, light switches and curtains.

Studies conducted at some of the hospitals currently using robots to disinfect rooms report significant reductions in the instances of Clostridium difficile and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus that occur. The hospitals that use the technology may find it appealing not only because it saves lives but because in the long run, the use of the robot also saves the hospitals money.

Thus far the robots are only being sold in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain. If they continue to reduce the number of HAI that occur, it makes sense that hospitals in Canada might also have access to them someday soon.

There are times in which a patient’s acquisition of an infection during a hospital stay can be tied to negligence on the part of someone who works there. When this happens a medical malpractice lawsuit could be appropriate. A lawyer who handles these types of cases can provide guidance on how best to proceed.

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1. http://www.siliconhillsnews.com/2015/08/26/xenex-sees-big-market-for-germ-zapping-robots/

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