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 Green joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 after completing the paper's six-month, general assignment reporter internship. Alex grew up in Dayton, Tenn., which is also where he studied journalism at Bryan College. He graduated from Rhea County High School in 2008. During college, Alex covered the city of Graysville and the town of Spring City for The Herald-News. As editor-in-chief of Bryan College's student news group, Triangle, Alex reported on ...

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