disinfecting robotWe know that the world of robotics has clearly crossed paths with everyday life, and just as an example, Mark Stibich was greeted by the Star Wars theme song when he walked into the boardroom of a Florida hospital in June last year, thanks to Stibich’s germ-busting robot that does resemble the famous astromech droid, R2-D2. Stibich’s robot runs on wheels, and emits a pulse of ultraviolet light which will help disinfect rooms through the elimination of viruses and bacteria.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was the first hospital to give the Xenex robot (as called by Stibich) a go, and figured out that it actually reduced overall bacterial contamination by a factor of 20 and killed 95% of the deadly pathogen C. difficile. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass., relies on a trio of rented Xenex robots, and have since seen C. diff infections drop by a stunning 53%. Each of these bad boys will cost a rather hefty $125,000 if you want to purchase them outright, or you can rent them for $3,700 each month.

Filed in Medical >Robots. Source: businessweek
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