As Blue Ocean Robotics answered the open call from Sygehuspartnerskabet and proved itself to be the best partner for the challenge, the two organizations initiated a RoBi-X Partnership to design a robot that would provide an effective and safe way of disinfecting hospital rooms. The RoBi-Design phase was initiated in 2015 where the business plan for the project and the concept of the UV-Disinfection Robot were created in collaboration between the two parties. Through a series of interactive processes and milestones the partners determined the focal points, main obstacles and the most desired solutions. The two-way cooperation and exchange of expertise is the key of the RoBi-X Partnership that ensures the creation of the most optimal and successful solution.
In the second phase – RoBi-Develop, the Development Team worked on building the robot based on the technology platform, TP-Mobile, which is one of Blue Ocean Robotics’ integrated technology platforms involving both software and hardware. Using TP-Mobile made it possible to create a robot capable of locating and positioning itself, avoiding obstacles and navigating safely through its surroundings. In September of 2016, the UV-Disinfection Robot was ready for the first clinical tests at Odense University Hospital in a period of over 3 weeks at one of the most demanding departments of the hospital – The Children’s Department of Contagious Infectious Diseases. The results were more than satisfactory – UV-Disinfection Robot proved not only to neutralize 99.9% of the bacteria on an exposed surface in a span of just 10 minutes but also moved safely around the hospital.
The UV-Disinfection Robot will improve and simplify the way we currently disinfect patient rooms. And by letting the robot support the cleaning, we aim to reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections, sick leaves and – last but not least – the number of deaths due to infections acquired during hospitalization. Odense University Hospital and the Clinical Microbiology department led by Hans Jørn Kolmos, has all along participated in and supported the development process of UV-Disinfection Robot, and will continue to assist Blue Ocean Robotics and Sygehuspartnerskabet with clinical expertise, says Peder Jest, Executive Director, Odense University Hospital.