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infections they acquired in a hospital. a scary statistic from the centers for disease control and prevention. it’s what motivated university medical center to begin using new technology to sterilize its operating rooms. we’re showing you how it works — in a story new this morning and only on abc-seven: nats: nothing’s wrong with your t-v. the popping and flashing light — emanating from this robot that looks like something out of “star wars.” nats it’s the xenex germ- zapping robot. the only one of its kind in el paso. 1.04 it’s to kill any basic contact germs, such as mrsa, hiv, and other deadly contaminations that can be brought into an or room. 1.17 it uses ultraviolet light and xenon gas to sterilize a room. while uncomfortable to look at directly — it isn’t harmful to humans. 1.35 not everybody is perfect at cleaning. so any area that can possibly be contaminated, flat surfaces and whatever the light can touch, it decontaminates it by shining the uv light onto it. 1.51 in four minutes — the room is germ-free. 7.16 at the end of the day, crews here at umc use the robot to sterilize all 12 of its operating rooms. 7.22 2.05 as long as it’s used normally and used after a case that can be done right after a case that’s pretty severe or open-bowel, that can become pretty contaminated, it would stop the spread of anything from starting from the room. 2.25 u-m-c officials say the hospital hasn’t had incidents involving hospital- borne infections. but they didn’t want to leave anything to chance. umc hopes to buy more of the $100-thousand dollar robots, but there is no timetable for when that would happen.

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