Disinfecting robot being tested at Chesapeake hospital

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by Lucy Bustamante

WVEC.com

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 25 at 4:41 PM

CHESAPEAKE --  In an effort to erase any bacteria, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is using a robot to double check the work of the cleaning staff.

The hospital is participating in a study to see if the robot, called Tru-D, is useful. 

The robot emits ultraviolet light and reportedly kills bacteria that cause MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other infections commonly acquired at hospitals. 

Tru-D costs about $125,000 but is currently on loan to the hospital.

"It would be worth it, to prevent infection," said  Dr. Billy Richmond.



 

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