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What type of robots do they use in the health industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

All types of robots are used in the health industry, from those that destroy germs (very topical in today’s climate), to nursing assistants and right through to sophisticated surgical robots.

In many ways, as I write this piece, the idea that robots can be used to fight Covid-19 has done more to change the anti-robotics mindset than any lobbying, or promotion from the automatics industry.

Take the UVD robot from Blue Ocean Robots. Its disinfection robot UVD has been in high demand since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese hospitals have ordered more than 2,000 UVD robots from the Danish manufacturer. The UVD uses ultraviolet light (UV-C) to kill harmful microorganisms.The units operate in more than 40 countries, across Asia, Europe and the US. 

The Danish robot moves autonomously around patient rooms and operating theatres - covering all critical surfaces with the right amount of UV-C light in order to kill specific viruses and bacteria. The more light the robot exposes to a surface, the more harmful microorganisms are destroyed. In a typical patient room, 99.99 % of all viruses and bacteria are killed within ten minutes.

Medical robots can also perform basic nursing duties (take temperatures, monitor a patient’s condition and dispense tablets). They can also work around the hospital as porters, taking patients to different wards and making sure they get their x-rays completed in time.

The health industry will increasingly need to rely on medical robots over the coming years. 

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