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.
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