This week, Consorci Corporació Sanitari Parc Taulí hospital in Barcelona, Spain received the UVD Robot no. 200 donated via the European Commission’s Emergency Support Instrument.
In the last couple of years, the corona virus has caused a huge impact all across Europe. UVD Robots and Blue Ocean Robotics - the manufacturer of the autonomous disinfecting robot equipped with UV-C light - was selected by the European Commission, as a supplier for its autonomous disinfection robots to European Union hospitals in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 known as Coronavirus.
Each year millions of patients are infected and thousands of patients die due to infections acquired during hospitalisation. The EU Commision has already donated autonomous disinfection robots to hospitals in 26 EU countries. With this installation at Consorci Corporació Sanitari Parc Taulí hospital, Spain has received 24 UVD Robots from the donation scheme. These hospitals are applying UVD Robots to help keep a sterile and safe environment for patients and staff since healthcare associated infections are a significant and increasing problem in the global healthcare sector.
“With EU funds, the European Commission is buying 200 disinfection robots, which will be delivered to hospitals across Europe to help disinfect patient rooms. We do all we can to support hospitals and patients in these difficult times. And more will follow.” said President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen.
UVD Robots provide fully automated disinfection solutions with safe, predictable, and cost effective outcomes in hospitals and many other industries. UVD Robots have already been implemented in more than 70 countries worldwide and are currently enabling hospitals to reduce disease transmission by destroying more than 99.99% percent of bacteria and microorganisms within approximately 10-12 minutes in a patient room. Contrary to many stationary disinfection robots, the UVD Robot is a mobile, fully autonomous robot that integrates UVC light to disinfect against viruses and bacteria not only on surfaces, but the air as well, providing a fully comprehensive infection control and prevention solution.
“Earlier this year we reached the installation of 100 UVD Robots in hospitals across Europe on behalf of
the European Commission, and now, we have reached installation of 200 robots - which means a great
deal to us. With this order, we are going even further to actively help prevent healthcare staff and patients at hospitals across the EU from Hospital Acquired Infections” Said Per Juul Nielsen, CEO at UVD Robots. “By reaching the target of 200 robots we are now looking forward to exceeding this number and
providing even stronger infection prevention measures to EU hospitals.”
Dr. Claus Risager, CEO at Blue Ocean Robotics and Chairman of UVD Robots states that "This means a great deal to us because we are focusing on helping fight the Covid-19 while also strengthening the prevention measures against infections overall in operating theatres, intensive care units, cancer departments and similar in hospitals. With this order, we are going even further to actively help prevent healthcare staff and patients at hospitals across the EU from hospital acquired infections."
See the interview with Per in the video below:
Excellent results at hospitals in Croatia and Italy
Recently, Marin Repustic, Director Assistant for Quality of Healthcare at the General Hospital "Dr.Ivo Pedisic" Sisak in Croatia deployed a UVD Robot for five months in six of its fifteen operating theaters.
Dr. Repustic and his team moved the UVD Robot to its infectious disease department that treats Covid-19 patients. While the hospital has 48 Covid-patients with 9 in the ICU, only one staff member tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began. In comparison, with 1100 hospital staff members in total, 37 employees working in other departments where the UVD Robot is not being deployed tested positive. This data represents infection status as of mid November 2020. Mr. Repustic concluded, “I’m convinced the robot played a very big role in keeping our employees in our infectious disease unit safe from the virus.”
Christiano Huscher, chief surgeon at Gruppo Poloclinico Abano, which operates private hospitals in Italy, also noted: “Before we received the UVD robot, six of the hospital’s doctors had been infected with COVID-19. Since we started using the robot to disinfect, we have not had a single case of corona among doctors, nurses or patients.”
In addition to the healthcare sector, the UVD Robots are now also increasingly deployed within hotels, railways, airports, shopping malls, food companies, cruise ships, pharmaceutical companies, office complexes and many more across the globe, meeting new and heightened expectations for safety and cleanliness..
About UVD Robots
UVD Robots is a Danish company established in Odense, Denmark, following a successful co-development project between Odense University Hospital and Blue Ocean Robotics resulting in the unique UV-Disinfection Robot. The UVD Robots provide efficient and automated disinfection solutions for hospitals and life science customers. Application of UVD Robots in hospitals patient and operating rooms save patients’ lives by reducing the risk of Healthcare Associated Infections and operational costs for hospitals. The UVD Robot has been clinically tested and verified at Odense University Hospital and by independent microbiological laboratories.
About Blue Ocean Robotics
Blue Ocean Robotics develops, produces and sells autonomous mobile robots for the professional service industry such as healthcare, agriculture, construction and hospitality. The portfolio of robots includes the brands UVD Robots - a UV-C disinfection robot for reducing Hospital Acquired Infections; GoBe Robots - a telepresence robot for reducing travel time, costs and CO2 emissions; and PTR Robots - a safe patient transfer and rehabilitation robot for improving the health of caregivers. The robots are developed from problem, idea and design over development, commercialization and all the way to scale up. While each robot is known in the market by its own unique brand name, all robots in the portfolio are developed, produced and commercialized by reusing generic technology- and business components. Blue Ocean Robotics is the world’s first Robot Venture Factory.
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