Columbia hospitals using robots to lower infection rates

The Boone Hospital Center in Columbia is one of 13 BJC HealthCare hospitals. | Photo by Nicole Lunger
Columbia’s Boone Hospital Center is among a group of hospitals using new “germ-zapping” technology to disinfect its rooms. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Every year, bacteria and viruses in hospitals cause thousands of sick patients to get even sicker. Last year, 97 health care-associated infections were reported by University of Missouri Health Care, and 53 were reported by the Boone Hospital Center.

In response, MU Health and Boone Hospital are investing in a new cleaning technology to disinfect hospital rooms: “Germ-zapping” robots.

Boone Hospital Center is one of more than 100 hospitals across the U.S. to invest in the robots, and MU Health owns three. The machines, which cost $85,000 each, are used at University Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, according to an MU Health media relations representative.

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