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Hartsfield Village uses ultraviolet light robots to kill coronavirus, germs
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Hartsfield Village uses ultraviolet light robots to kill coronavirus, germs

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Hartsfield Village uses ultraviolet light robots to kill coronavirus

Hartsfield Village uses ultraviolet light robots to kill coronavirus.

Hartsfield Village in Munster is deploying high-tech robots that emit ultraviolet light to kill coronavirus, germs and bacteria.

The assisted living facility and nursing home that's part of the Community Healthcare System is using hospital-grade infection control practices by deploying the Surfacide Helios system, which consists of three roving floor-to-ceiling disinfecting robots.

“After Hartsfield trialed the Surfacide UV-C equipment, we immediately decided to purchase the technology for routine use on our campus, primarily to assist in COVID-19 prevention,” said Leslie Darrow, vice president Post-Acute Care Services, Community Healthcare System. “This technology has been a very important factor in our tremendous success in protecting our community from the coronavirus and other viruses.”

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The ultraviolet light the robots emit reduces bacteria, spores and viruses, including COVID-19, by breaking up the molecular bonds that hold together their DNA.

The three robots are locked into an empty room and emit the light, which suffuses everywhere, including hard-to-reach spaces between cabinets and in open drawers.

A study by Columbia University Irving Medical Center in California found the ultraviolet light killed more than 99.9% of seasonal coronavirus.

“To measure effectiveness, Surfacide provides us with a routine utilization report which highlights our cycle results by location, by user and with emitter count,” Darrow said.

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