Hospital Where Robot Kills Bugs

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By Gopi Chandra Kharel | February 2, 2013 9:12 PM EST

Given that hospitals across the country look for reliable means to protect vulnerable patients from catching harmful bugs, the Vancouver General Hospital has rather an eccentric way. They have a robot named "Trudi" which uses ultraviolet light to kill germs around the room.

It is a germ-killing machine originally called The Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfector (TRU-D) that was later referred to as 'Trudi' by staffs of the Hospital. The five feet five inches ultraviolet robot has an ability to say things such as, "Disinfecting will commence in 15 seconds; please leave the room", and moments later, "Disinfecting process started" while it radiates huge amount of light killing germs and bugs lurking around.

The machine uses specific doses of ultraviolet (UV) light to kill deadly viruses and germs such as norovirus, influenza, C. Difficile and Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a report by CTV News.

After hospital wards are traditionally cleaned, the germ-killing robot is remotely switched on to kill unseen germs. When it is switched on remotely, the machine can automatically analyze the shapes and size of the room and eliminates targets from every nook and cranny.  

The robot was recently brought at Vancouver General Hospital from Tennessee as part of a project aimed at testing mobile Roberts used for disinfection. The cost of the machine is said to be US $124,500.

Vancouver General Hospital also has another disinfectant machine called PulseRx. Unlike Trudi, this machine cannot analyze the size and shape of the room. If either of them are found to be an effective tool in eliminating the bugs, the hospital will find ways to use them permanently. 

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