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More robots assisting in sanitizing hospitals

If you ever wonder why cleanliness is so important in a hospital setting, it is because of how prevalent viruses and bacteria are, and how vulnerable patients can be to infections. Indeed, there are many precautions taken to stem the spread of germs. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff wash their hands regularly. Temperatures are kept low, instruments are cleaned quickly after use and surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

Even with these methods, more than one million hospital borne infections are reported in U.S. hospitals each year. Additionally, infections lead to nearly 100,000 deaths. This means that infections are one of the leading killers of hospital patients each year. 

With more hospitals embracing technology to assist in patient safety, it would not be a surprise to see a sanitation robot the next time you are in a hospital. It may also be surprising because they don’t look like the droids you would see in a science fiction movie. Instead, they may resemble roving shadeless lamps.

This is because these robots use ultraviolet light to stem the spread of viruses and bacteria. Essentially, UV rays can fuse the DNA of these organisms, which prevent them from multiplying. If bacteria and viruses do not multiply, the less likely they are to remain on surfaces after they have been cleaned. Consequently, the risk of a patient being infected is reduced.

It remains to be seen how many more hospitals will incorporate sanitation robots, but the duty of hospitals to maintain patients’ safety by being free of germs does not change. 

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