EU delivers high-tech disinfecting robot to Costa Blanca hospital as part of a Europe-wide scheme
The Torrevieja University Hospital on Spain’s Costa Blanca has received an exciting delivery from the EU: a robot that is capable of disinfecting a room in just ten minutes using ultraviolet light, eliminating the need for healthcare professionals to be exposed to additional risks. It is part of a Europe-wide initiative whereby 200 such robots were acquired from the Danish company UVD robots for distribution to hospitals throughout the EU. Valued at €90,000, it is hoped that these machines, which are capable of removing 99 per cent of bacteria, viruses and fungi from surfaces, will drastically reduce the spread of Covid and other diseases by ensuring that every hospital and operating room is thoroughly disinfected.
“The robot, which moves autonomously around the room, as if it were a domestic robot vacuum cleaner, is equipped with eight fluorescent tubes that emit concentrated ultraviolet light to kill microbes damaging their DNA and RNS, thus preventing it from multiplying,” a hospital spokesperson told Spanish daily Informacion.
In order to be one hundred per cent effective, hospital staff must first manually clean the room as normal, as dirt and other obstacles would prevent the ultraviolet light from contacting directly with surfaces. Nevertheless, the new technology will have a huge impact in better sterilising areas that could otherwise pose a risk to other patients or hospital staff.
The ‘disinfection robots’ are managed completely remotely through a mobile device without the need for staff to be in the room and notifies the user when the disinfection has finished.
“We work to guarantee the extreme cleaning and disinfection of every corner of the hospital but, without a doubt, the sterilisation capacity of this robot is an additional guarantee for both our professionals and out patients,” the hospital added.