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Robot Kills Superbugs at Doylestown Hospital

It looks a little like R2-D2 from 'Star Wars,' but the Xenex robot is built to kill germs.

Doylestown Hospital has deployed a drone to disinfect its rooms with ultraviolet light.

It’s actually called a “pulse-xenon disinfection machine” that produces UV-C light to disinfect surfaces and the air in a hospital room. It is pushed around much like a vacuum cleaner; the only difference is that the user has to leave the room while the pulses of light blast the air.

 "We still have to clean the rooms," Vera Cessna, Doylestown Hospital’s director of infection prevention, told CBSPhilly. "And this is an added layer of safety for our patients."

The Xenex device has been shown to kill the influenza virus in less than two minutes, and the entire process for a room lasts 5 minutes.

DH is one of only about 70 hospitals in the U.S. to use the system, according to 69 News.

There have been many stories lately about superbugs taking hold in hospitals, and the CDC estimates that more than 2 million patients get infections while in the hospital.

According to the company, the Xenex machine is 20-times more effective than standard cleaning methods and eliminates viruses, bacterial and spores in less than 5 minutes.

But does it talk to Wookiees?

Randy Crawford March 21, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Nice idea. I like very much the idea that we can systematically and automatically reduce risk from infectious agents. It seems like a great use for robotics. But I would like to somehow confirm that Xenex's 20X claim is accurate and continuing.
Marv Woodall March 22, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Another great example of Doylestown Hospital's patient care leadership. We are so fortunate to be blessed with such a high level medical center. Marv Woodall
Bob Walters March 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Doylestown Hospital is really on top of everything! we are so lucky to have a medical center in our area that is one of the BEST!
Richelle March 23, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Awesome! I love that hospital!
Sara Moyer March 23, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Doylestown Hospital's policy of "patient safety first" is to be applauded.

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