RAHWAY, NJRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway uses disinfecting robots to kill disease-causing pathogens. The two Thor UV-C robots disinfect the hospital’s Operating Rooms and patient rooms after discharge. The robots complement the manual deep cleaning done after patients leave.  

“This technology enhances the surface cleaning that we are doing to help keep our patients and staff safe from pathogens that cause disease,” said Kirk Tice, RWJUH Rahway President and CEO. "UV-C light is highly effective in reducing the transmission of airborne bacterial and viral infections."

The robots can be adjusted to disinfect large patient rooms, operating rooms and hallways, as well as small spaces, such as bathrooms and ambulances. The range of disinfection is from floor to ceiling and can include instruments left in the room. Finsen Technologies, the maker of the Thor disinfecting robots, notes that they have a room mapping technology so the operator can see the robot’s disinfection reach.

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The robot is sensitive to motion and automatically shuts off to prevent exposure by someone entering the room. The light can be damaging to eyes and skin.

It can take the robot 15 to 20 minutes to clean a patient room and as little as four minutes to disinfect a bathroom. The hospital is also using UV-C technology to disinfect N95 masks. 

About RWJUH Rahway

Founded in 1917, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway is an acute care community hospital that provides a continuum of care. In addition to medical and surgical care, the hospital provides extensive outpatient services including physical, occupational, speech and hearing, wound care and hyperbaric medicine, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation. The hospital is home to Care Connection Rahway, a 24-bed rehabilitation unit and Kindred Hospital New Jersey-Rahway, a 34-bed long-term acute care hospital for medically complex patients requiring a longer length of stay.