New Robots Could Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections in Minn. | News
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.
Upcoming Events near Hennepin County
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- Coleman Outlines Plans to Help Marketing of Former Ford Assembly Site
- New Brighton Home Burglarized, No Arrests
- Roseville Pawn America Employee Shot During Armed Robbery
- Teen Describes Rescuing Neighbors from Burning St. Paul House
- St. Paul Schools Conducting Internal Investigation after Asst. Elem. Principal Charged
- Sheriff: Big Lake Man Threatened to Shoot Neighbor, Arrested after Standoff
- Sherburne Co. Residents Encouraged to Take Broadband Survey
- Northstar Link to Provide Service for All-Star Game Festivities
- Community Meetings Offer Parents Info, Insight into Sherburne Co. Drug Use
- Zimmerman Man in Critical Condition after Firework Explodes in Hand