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What Surgeons Want - November 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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T he UV robots come out at night at Florida Hospital Tampa. After the cleaning crew terminally cleans the ORs, they wheel in their secret weapon against infection: 5 germ-destroying robots whose intense ultraviolet light, pulsing like a strobe, kills the pathogens that manually cleaning might have missed. "It's not a replacement for traditional terminal cleaning, but a safe- guard for areas missed by human error," says Ralph Taylor, MS, MHA, director of surgical services. "It's my safety blanket." UV light disinfection is just one of a growing number of automated technologies that finish the critical job of room disinfection and help prevent healthcare-associated infections. Which whole-room disinfec- 7 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 Missed a Spot? From UV robots to fogging hydrogen peroxide vapor, a review of your whole-room disinfection options. Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN Contributing Editor • HUMAN TOUCH Equipment and surfaces are frequently missed during a manual clean. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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