Updated: 09/26/2013 12:22 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Photo: MGN Online
A local hospital is turning to robots to do its dirty work.
Fairview Southdale is employing three robots to eliminate hard-to-kill bugs. The futuristic machines use powerful ultraviolet lights to destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Hospital officials say it only takes minutes and enhances patient safety.
Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients get during the course of receiving health care treatment for other conditions. Here's a look at recent statistics about HAIs and ongoing prevention efforts:
Centers for Disease Control Statistics on Health Care-Associated Infections