Olathe Medical Center Acquires Infection-fighting 'Robot' to Better Protect Patients

   Olathe Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the Kansas City region to offer an advanced, self-contained, “robotic” ultraviolet disinfection system to clean hospital rooms to better protect patients against potentially deadly infections.

   According to a press release issued by the hospital, the UV system uses three separate UV-emitting towers at the same time that emit powerful yet safe UV-C energy effective against bacteria, spores and viruses, including superbugs. The system has been shown in independent studies to reduce hospital-acquired infections and significantly lower infection rates.

   The system takes 10 to 30 minutes to disinfect the room and uses laser mapping to confirm every exposed surface is completely covered during each disinfection cycle. The UV system is used in rooms that have housed patients with multi-drug resistant organisms and will also be used in any available patient room when the system is not already in use.

   “Protecting patients against infection has always been a top priority for us,” Stan Stuckey, the hospital’s infection prevention coordinator was quoted as saying, adding that Consumer Reports recently named the institution as the safest hospital in the metropolitan area. “We chose this system because it has shown to be among the best technology available. It provides an extra layer of protection for both patients and staff. That’s especially important because hospitals today need to take every available step to guard against infection from antibiotic-resistant organisms and other infectious agents.”