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Rigshospitalet to receive a disinfection robot from the EU Commission

As the first hospital in Denmark Rigshospitalet has received a fully autonomous UVD Robots disinfection robot from the Funen-based Blue Ocean Robotics as a donation from the EU Commission. The technology is provided as part of the mitigation of hospital acquired infections, COVID-19, and other infectious microorganisms at hospitals.

A robot manufactured in Odense, Denmark has arrived at the Juliane Marie Center at Rigshospitalet. It is equipped with UV-C light, which has come to help in the fight against hospital acquired infections and COVID-19.

Results from comparative research show the effect of UVD Robots

The release of a whitepaper presenting results from comparative research on the effect of disinfection robots, happens at the same time. The study made at a hospital in Croatia with over 1100 employees, documents how health professionals at the robot disinfected section of the hospital could prevent infections with only 1 event of infection, while the other section with only the usual cleaning efforts, had 37 events of infections. 

On top of this, the section where the disinfection robot was implemented, was the COVID-19 section where the personnel are more exposed to infections. The study which can be found here, also showed that eight out of ten tests in a manually cleaned operation theatre was proven to contain bacteria, while there were 0 positive tests after an autonomous disinfection med the UVD Robot.

UVD Robots chosen by the EU Commission

UVD Robot, a part of the service robot group Blue Ocean Robotics, has been chosen by the EU Commission to deliver 200 UVD robots to hospitals in the EU. The Robots will contribute to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

UVD Robots has been determined as the best solution in the EU Commission run through of multiple disinfection robots, where technical quality, maturity of the technology, the ease of implementation, the response time of technical support, and maintenance are included in the decision. The UVD Robots are already implemented at hospitals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Slovenia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Croatia, Latvia, Greece, and Spain.

In Denmark, the disinfection robots are also used at other hospitals, at pharmaceutical companies, schools, nursing homes, and in the hospitality and retail sector, included here are Clarion Hotel Copenhagen and Rosengårdscentret. The global market interest in the UVD Robot, which is originally developed for general prevention of hospital acquired infections, has grown tremendously during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, with a three-digit order on Danish disinfection robots from Wuhan, China in February 2020. Since then, the demand for the robots followed all around the world, while the pandemic grew across borders.

“We are thrilled that our UVD robots have been chosen by the EU Commission to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 at hospitals all over Europe. We assess that this is the biggest order of service robots of this kind to date,” says Per Juul Nielsen, CEO, UVD Robots. “We were the first to develop, produce, and deliver a robot of this kind. It has set the world standard of autonomous UV-C disinfection. The size and extent of this order proves the effectiveness of our robots and we are currently in the process of implementing them as quickly as we can in order to help health professionals and patients in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.”

UVD Robots are a mobile, fully autonomous disinfection robot

Contrary to stationary disinfection robots, UVD Robot delivers a mobile, fully autonomous robot, which integrates UV-C light to disinfect viruses and bacteria. Not only on surfaces, but also in the air. This solution ensures a comprehensive infection control, while preventing the spread of infection.

The UVD robots enable the hospitals to reduce the transfer of diseases by eliminating 99.99 percent of bacteria and microorganisms at a patient room in only ten minutes. The robot is already implemented in over 60 countries worldwide.

“It means a lot to us to be chosen by the EU Commission. We focus on helping in the fight against the spread of COVID-10, while we strengthen the preventive measures against infections in general at operation theatres, intensive care units, cancer wards, etc., at hospitals”, says Claus Risager, CEO at Blue Ocean Robotics.

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 Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) 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 professional service robots primarily in healthcare, hospitality, construction, and agriculture. The portfolio of robots includes the brands; UVD Robots, a mobile robot for disinfection; GoBe Robots, a mobile telepresence robot for communication social inclusion and CO2 climate improvements; and PTR Robots, a mobile robot for safe patient handling and rehabilitation. Blue Ocean Robotics develops the robots from problem and idea 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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Company contact:
Camilla Almind Knudsen, PR Coordinator 
T:  +45 6110 0274 | E: cak@blue-ocean-robotics.com

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