Robot aims to zap out hospital infections, deadly viruses

RARITAN TWP. — Hospital workers are constantly cleaning rooms to avoid Hospital Acquired Infections at Hunterdon Medical Center, but now a robot will be working to do the dirty work.

In July, the hospital purchased a $100,000 Xenex robot to zap the hard-to-kill germs in places that are difficult to reach. It uses pulsed ultraviolet rays to quickly destroy viruses and bacteria in each room.

The robot, known to employees as M.A.R.I.T.A., is named after a long-time employee who just retired and is also an acronym for Mobile Antimicrobial Robotic Infection Treatment Aid.

After the room is cleaned, …read more

Source: Hunterdon

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