Blue Ocean Robotics has developed a new robot to fight against Hospital Acquired Infections.
ODENSE, DENMARK – APRIL, 2016
A new robot developed by the Danish robotics company Blue Ocean Robotics is taking up the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs).
In Denmark alone, estimates show that 50,000 people yearly catch an HAI, while an estimated 3000 people die from HAI-related complications. In Germany, 500,000 people yearly get sick because of infections transmitted during a hospital stay. In some cases, these infections have serious health consequences and can even lead to the death of the patient. In addition, longer hospital stays cause additional treatments and higher costs for the healthcare system.
The source of the infections can be difficult to identify, as patients, visitors, and physical objects can transfer agents.
Since the bacteria are invisible, a comprehensive disinfection is necessary to minimize the risk of transmission and infection. In order to realize this cost efficiently, Blue Ocean Robotics has developed a robot for automated disinfection: the so-called UV-Disinfection Robot.
It is mobile, easy to use and install, and can be used for the disinfection of patient rooms, bathrooms, and operating rooms. It applies acknowledged methods, such as UV-C Light, and positions itself at neuralgic (sensitive) places, e.g. sinks, door handles, or patient beds, for specifically targeted disinfection.
See the video demonstrating of the usability of the robot to the right.