A Kentucky Hospital Is Using Robots to Eradicate Infection

Employees at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville share the novel — and super high-tech — way they’re reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

At Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, a platoon of robots is regularly deployed in the facility’s operating rooms, as well as its critical care, step-down and oncology/medical surgical units. The machines bathe the rooms with germicidal UV-C rays hundreds of times more powerful than sunlight, penetrating the cell walls of viruses, mold, bacteria, fungus and spores — effectively disinfecting a single room’s surfaces in four minutes flat.