Hospitals turn to cleaning "robots" to fight superbugs

NEW YORKU.S. Hospitals are turning to "Star Wars" robots and other new innovations to combat an increasingly common problem: "superbugs."

In U.S. hospitals, an estimated 1 in 20 patients pick up infections they didn't have when they arrived, some caused by dangerous `superbugs' that are hard to treat.

The rise of these superbugs, along with increased pressure from the government and insurers, is driving hospitals to try all sorts of new approaches to stop their spread: "Star Wars" machines that emit ultraviolet light or hydrogen peroxide vapors, and germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons and IV poles. Also, antimicrobial linens, curtains and wall paint.

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