Thursday, 4 February 2016
Mayo Clinic dispatches UV-emitting robots to fight drug-resistant bacteria
With superbug infections proliferating at U.S. healthcare facilities, hospitals are looking for new ways to eliminate potentially deadly bacteria. Mayo Clinic is jumping on the bandwagon, rolling out bacteria-fighting robots that use UV light to kill C. difficile.
A Minnesota-based arm of the medical organization is training its employees to use the robots, which remain stationary and dole out pulses of ultraviolet (UV) light to zap C. diff spores on exposed surfaces in a patient's room. The devices add to normal cleaning procedures by going through three cycles in different parts of the room, a process that usually takes about 25 minutes.