Hospital deploys robots to kill Ebola

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

November 12, 2014

A hospital system in Florida is using robot technology to help fight potential Ebola and other infections in four of its hospitals, according to a report from WZVN-TV.

Lee Memorial Health System has spent $38,000 a piece for robots nicknamed Medusa that continuously emit UV light that can kill just about any trace of Ebola, influenza and other pathogens within an eight-foot radius in just two minutes, the report said.

According to the report, Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Meyers, Florida was one of the first hospitals to conduct pilot studies on the UV light, which apparently can literally zap the Ebola virus to death, and leaves behind a distinct clean smell. The hospital system is using the robots as an addition to regular cleaning protocols which include normal disinfection fluids.