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Vancouver hospital tests germ-killing robot


The Canadian Press
February 2, 2013 — Health officials in Vancouver are testing a new germ-killing device for hospitals. The "robot," named Trudi, uses powerful UV light to kill potentially deadly bugs such as norovirus and C. difficile.


The space-age-looking robot is designed to kill germs with powerful ultraviolet rays
The space-age-looking robot is designed to kill germs with powerful ultraviolet rays

When Trudi the robot is plugged in and armed, it sounds more like a space shuttle launch system than a germ-killing machine

"Disinfecting will commence in 15 seconds; please leave the room," Trudi as staff at Vancouver General Hospital have named it calls out in a digital monotone from inside a treatment room.

"Disinfecting process started," it continues, as its thin, vertical bulbs blast out powerful ultraviolet rays, killing germs and viruses that might be lurking nearby.

The hospital is the first facility in Canada to use Trudi whose formal name is Tru-D SmartUVC as health officials across the country look for ways to protect vulnerable patients from catching potentially deadly bugs such as norovirus and C. difficile.

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