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Robots help to battle infections

January 30, 2012

NEW YORK — While hospitals are supposed to be places where the sick go to get well, its not secret that sometimes the sick can get sicker, according to CNN Money.

At any given time, one in 20 hospital patients is battling an infection that they got on site, or so says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the article stated.

According to the article, new technology in the form of a mobile, robotic device may soon be helping hospital housekeepers clean and disinfect.

Set it loose in a hospital room and it will chirp and click its way through a cleaning routine of strobe-like pulses, or "pulsed xenon UV," a type of ultraviolet (UV) light that sterilizes and kills microbiological contaminants, the article noted.

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