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UVD Robots ApS was founded in 2016 by Blue Ocean Robotics in Denmark, with the objective of globally commercialising robotic based UV Disinfection solutions for hospitals. The incorporation of the company followed a Private Public Innovation project starting in 2014, where Blue Ocean Robotics and Odense University Hospital OUH in partnership with other hospitals in Denmark, developed the first prototype of the UV-Disinfection Robot, with the objective of preventing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) for the benefit of patients, hospital staff and associated healthcare costs.
HAI’s are a significant and increasing problem in the global healthcare sector, where each year millions of patients become infected and thousands of patients die due to infections acquired during hospitalisation. Furthermore, hospital acquired infections result in significant extra costs for hospitals, due to additional days as an in-patient, re-admissions and reduced operational efficiency.
UVD Robots philosophy is centred around integrating proven UV germicidal industrial solutions with new advanced robot technologies, creating innovative products helping the healthcare industry in the eradication of harmful pathogens and superbugs, thereby making healthcare environments safer and improving quality of care for hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world.
Our UVD Robot is designed to be used as part of the hospital’s regular cleaning process and aims at preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases, vira, bacteria, and other types of harmful organic microorganisms in the environment by breaking down their DNA-structure. The robot is safe, reliable and eliminates human error, and always gives an accurate repeated process. Furthermore, it is user friendly and is designed to be operated by nursing staff and cleaning operatives.
The UVD Robot has been clinically tested and verified at Odense University Hospital and Danish Technological institute. It has also been tested by the UK independent microbiological laboratories, Melbec Microbiology.
The advantages of the UVD Robot over existing manual systems is the incorporated, fully autonomous technology, allowing the robot to move position without human interaction, drastically reducing shadow areas. Increased mobility ensures closer proximity to all high touch surfaces, increasing the intensity of the UV-C light.
UVD Robots advanced technology gives the ability to disinfect thousands of critical surfaces on a massive scale, absolutely anywhere, at any time, without creating extra work for cleaning operatives. The UVD Robot is able to operate over thousands of sq. metres, totally autonomously, manoeuvring around obstacles that cause shadows and getting within 1 metre distance from all high touch surfaces where the UV-C light is most effective. Even when moving between positions at 10 centimetres per second, the UVD Robot is still disinfecting medium and low touch surfaces as is passes by.
The laws of physics govern UV-C light. Shadowing and distance to surface have limitations. This is not the case for the UVD Robot, as it can reposition itself to minimise shadow and reduce the radiation distance. When the disinfection process is complete the robot will compile a comprehensive disinfection report for your records.
In March 2019, a leading NHS Hospital performed something never seen in infection control – the full disinfection of a 2,000 m2 Outpatient Oncology department in a staggering 90 minutes. Even more impressive was the fact that this disinfection was carried out with zero human interaction. In comparison, two weeks previous, the very same disinfection process was carried out by staff using a manual UV-C system. This had taken up to 20 hours of personnel time. The disinfection plan with the UVD Robot was an identical copy of the manual version, except that unlike the manual version, the UVD Robot continued to disinfect whilst moving position.
In June this year, Blue Ocean Robotics and UVD Robots were overjoyed to be presented with the 2019 award for the Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA). To be recognised by the Industry for this work in reducing HAI’s is amazing.