published Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Erlanger gets germ-destorying robot

Sure, R2-D2 can pilot a space cruiser and rip the whereabouts of Death Star prisoners from the Imperial mainframe. But can he disinfect a hospital room in five minutes and for only $3?

The Germinator can.

That’s the name Steve Wheeler, director of environmental services at Erlanger Hospital, is lobbying to give a new Xenex, germ-annhilating robot the hospital just acquired.

“We’re excited about the technology, and we’re happy the robot is here,” he said at a news conference today where the machine went on display.

The machine pulses UV-C light that is “25,000 times more powerful than sunlight” to physically destroy bacteria and harmful viruses in hospital rooms and operating suites, according to an Erlanger press release.

The release states the machine is “20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices.”

See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for the complete story.

Erlanger using new germ-destroying robot
Erlanger Health System announced the addition of a new team member Wednesday. Standing a little more than 3 feet tall, the Xenex germ-destroying robot may garner more comparisons to Star Wars R2-D2, than a new-age cleaning system. But the $80,000 robot uses a UV-C light more powerful than the Sun to kill harmful bacteria and stop the spread of viruses in hospital rooms. The machine will be used in addition to standard chemical cleaning processes at Erlanger.
about Alex Green...

Alex joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 as a region business reporter. He is a native of Dayton, Tenn., located 35 miles north of Chattanooga, and he is a fifth-generation Dayton native. Alex came to the Times Free Press as an editorial intern in July 2013. He was previously a correspondent at The Herald-News, located in Dayton, through college and editor-in-chief of the Triangle, Bryan College's student-led media group. Alex was ...

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