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Fraser Health unveils fleet of COVID-19-killing robots

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) robots are being deployed to hospitals in the Fraser Health region. The robots emit short pulses of UV light and can remove viruses and bacteria from a room in as little as 20 minutes.
By: Heather Marie Connors
December 04, 2020
Photo provided.
Photo provided.

Probably the flashiest part of the Fraser Health Infection Prevention team, 14 new Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) robots are being utilized in hospitals to kill viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2.

Working with housekeeping and clinical staff, a Fraser Health Environmental Services operator controls and monitors the robots while they disinfect hospital rooms. The UVGI robots emit short pulses of UV light and are effective against a number of harmful pathogens, such as C. difficile (Clostridioides difficile), CPO (Carbapenemase-producing organisms), C. auris (Candida auris), and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

The Fraser Health staff named the latest additions to the fleet Bonnie and Henry, after Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer.

Source: Burnabynow

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