New Robots Could Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections in Minn.

Updated: 09/27/2013 6:23 AM By: Joy Lim Nakrin

Millions of patients across the United States end up with new infections during their hospital stays. Now special new robots could help patients here in Minnesota.

Fairview Southdale Hospital bought three new robots that use pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to kill resistant pathogens including staph bacteria, MRSA and C. diff, which can be dangerous or even deadly.

Nationwide every year, one out of every 10 patients will contract a hospital acquired infection. The Xenex robot reduces that risk by 50 to 90 percent, Fairview officials say.

Courtney Nelson of Fairview's "Green Team" explains, "that bright light pierces the DNA cell and its able to destroy that DNA that is causing that infection."

The robots cost $80,000 each. Each year, U.S. hospitals spend an estimated $35 billion to treat hospital-acquired illnesses.