WATCH | A San Antonio technology company has created a robot that utilizes ultra violent light to disinfect hospital rooms. Here's a look at the first of its kind, which was deployed in a major Cincinnati hospital.
In Cincinnati's Christ Hospital, robots kill germs with light.
Hospital Chief Operating Officer Deborah Hayes said the futuristic germ-killer is one of the most powerful tools in a hospital's arsenal.
This isn't just a cool toy. Hospital-caused infections kill about 99,000 people per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mary Nicholson, part of the hospital's infection control department, said it will be used to fight "MRSA" and "all those terrible bugs you are hearing about."
The Xenex robots even showed promise in fighting Ebola and anthrax. That technology comes at a cost -- these robots cost about $100,000. But Xenex claims that preventing just five infections means the robot pays for itself.
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