Hospital robot preventing the spread of disease
To stop the spread of infection, keeping medical facilities clean is vital. However, this is a time and labour intensive task that is currently carried out by cleaning staff. First of all, this is incredibly costly for healthcare organisations. Another serious problem with manual cleaning is that it can be difficult to know whether or not an area has been properly sanitised, which can lead to the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI). According to information collected by CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), one in 25 hospital patients suffer with a HAI at any given time.
Luckily, Blue Ocean Robotics has developed a new UV Disinfection Robot that could help to improve sanitation levels, and therefore drastically reduce the number of patients with HAIs. By using a UV light and an AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance) platform, it can travel to, from, and within rooms, focusing specifically on areas most likely to gather bacteria like handles and sinks. Sensors help the bot to navigate around objects carefully in tight corridors and patient rooms. Blue Ocean’s robot kills 99 per cent of bacteria, storing data about the cleaning process which can then be accessed by staff. The robot can also be stored in medical facilities, reducing time to task. Other potential applications for autonomous UV disinfection machines include food production, manufacturing and scientific laboratories.