ULTRAVIOLET ROBOT: Given increased nationwide concern with hospital acquired infections, OGH and BRMC became the first and only hospitals in the region to introduce advanced ultra violet technology to create a safer environment for patients and staff in 2015. Intense ultraviolet light from a mobile robot is utilized in patient treatment areas to damage the DNA of micro-organisms, and kill up to 20% more infection causing germs and pathogens than surface cleaning alone. The technology is designed to supplement, not replace, manual surface disinfection in the hospital.
As a result of continuous improvement efforts, such as antibiotic stewardship and the use of UV lights for disinfection, Clostridium difficile (C.diff) rates improved by 16 percent at BRMC and 42 percent at OGH between 2015 and 2017. C.diff is an infectious bacterium which causes clostridium difficile colitis, an inflammation of the colon's inner lining.