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Updated: 04/20/2017 08:30:04AM

New robot cleans rooms at Florida Hospital

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Director of Quality Cathy Jaco, left, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jorge F. Gonzalez pose with 'Tru-D,' a new medical 'robot' used to disinfect rooms. The device, shown closed, consists of light tubes that give off ultraviolet light to kill microbes, viruses and spores that can cause postoperative infections.

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Duane Jahns prepares Tuesday to irradiate a patient room at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, with the help of Tru-D SmartUVC, a robot designed to shine ultraviolet light into all recesses of a room to sterilize any remaining microbes, viruses and spores that could cause infection.

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Duane Jahns, supervisor of Environmental Services, inputs a cleaning period onto the remote iPad that runs Tru-D SmartUVC, a robot that cleans rooms with ultraviolet light. A plastic chain attached to the doorway with magnets warns passersby to stay out of the room during the cleaning.

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Tru-D SmartUVC shines ultraviolet light around a patient room at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center on Tuesday. Seen here through a nurse's observation window, the robot can put out enough radiation to cause a first-degree sunburn, said Dr. Jorge F. Gonzalez, chief medical officer, who helped the hospital negotiate for three units at $87,500 each.

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Dr. Jorge F. Gonzalez, chief medical officer for Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, watches a Tru-D Smart UVC unit disinfect Room 2834 on Tuesday afternoon, in preparation for a new patient. The ultraviolet-light robot helps the hospital prevent infections by providing an extra level of cleansing, he said.

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Duane Jahns packs up a Tru-D SmartUVC robot unit Tuesday afternoon, in preparation to clean yet another room at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. As supervisor for Environmental Services, he said the robots have helped provide an extra level of disinfection for rooms at the hospital.

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SEBRING — On Tuesday, “Trudy” helped Duane Jahns clean Room 2834 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center without bleach, soap, bucket, mop or scrub pad.

Instead, Jahns used an iPad. “Trudy,” a Tru-D SmartUVC robot, disinfected the isolation room using ultraviolet light, politely warning occupants in a computer-generated female voice to vacate the room during the process.

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