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Penn Highlands uses the UV robot “Rosie” to kill germs, viruses | WTAJ

Rosie the robot doesn’t clean germs, it kills them.

Penn Highlands Hospital in Huntingdon calls their ultraviolet light or the “UV” “Rosie” anti-germ robot.

“We thought he looked like Rosie, the robot on the TV cartoon” The Jetsons, “” said Shelly Brown, infection control coordinator, for Penn Highlands Huntingdon.

Shelly Brown, infection control coordinator for Penn Highlands Huntingdon, says having Rosie as part of their sanitization routine adds another level of protection.

“Our” EVS “staff is fantastic, they do our rooms and do a great job, but they can’t reach every corner, no place where light can get, it will kill bacteria and viruses”, Shelly Brown, Infection Control Coordinator Penn Highlands Huntingdon said.

Jason McClure, who runs Rosie, says that before the pandemic Rosie ran in operating rooms or patient rooms, isolation rooms, without anyone being present.

But now, he’s going to the rooms where the COVID patients were.

“What Rosie does is that it will raise this boom, and the ultraviolet light will come on, and we do it for about five to ten minutes, depending on where we are,” Jason McClure, leader of the mechanical electrical assistance service for Penn Highlands Huntingdon, She said.

Not only does the one hundred thousand dollar robot kill viruses and bacteria with its light, its carbon filter, it filters the air.

Brown says this robot is different from what you’ll see in the grocery stores.

“Some of the robots we see around in the community are just cleaning up spills on the floor, but they’re not necessarily killing bacteria or viruses, they’re just cleaning up a disaster or notifying management that a spill exists,” said Brown.

Rosie went from 300 uses per week in Penn Highlands Huntingdon before the pandemic to 400 after the pandemic hit in mid-March.

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