According to a recent RI-MUHC press release, the first evaluation of a UV-Disinfection Robot in Canada is being carried out at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. The Robot is autonomous and mobile due to the robotics technology used. It could potentially reduce healthcare-associated infections and their consequences, including health complications, deaths and extra costs. Dr. Bruce Mazer, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the RI-MUHC (Interim), confirms:
“We ordered this robot as the COVID-19 pandemic was emerging in China and Europe, with the objective to be first to evaluate this technology in Canada. An automated system can potentially improve patient safety, as well as protect hospital personnel. The robot was delivered at the RI-MUHC on Monday April 27, and will be tested in one patient room and one operating room at the RI-MUHC Centre for Innovative Medicine at the Glen site. We will also take this opportunity to assess if it can be used to disinfect stretchers and N-95 masks.”
The robot, manufactured in Denmark, is programmed to emit concentrated UV-C ultraviolet light onto infectious hotspots. The assessment will determine the potential value of the UVD robot technology compared to existing technologies using safety, efficacy, and effectiveness criteria.