The pressure is increasing as medical facilities seek to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.To that end, hospitals are investing in more innovative technology, including the use of robots to sterilize contaminated rooms and surfaces. The sophisticated, state-of-the-art disinfection robots that are equipped with technology to eliminate infection-causing pathogens. Hundreds of American hospitals have purchased disinfection robots, that are designed to eliminate these deadly and costly bugs. These robots help supplement a hospital’s existing infection control program. Hospital officials believe that these robots can help eliminate the element of human error in sterilizing surfaces.
The use of these robots is fairly new to the medical community, and as a result there isn’t much information available about how effective they might be. At a cost of more than $100,000 for each robot, hospitals haven’t been using these disinfection robots long enough to know whether there is a definite return on investment. However, that hasn’t stopped hospitals from investing in the technology. Sales of the special robots are expected to climb to $80-million in the next two years alone.
Apart from the return on investment factor, hospitals also don’t seem entirely clear on how best to utilize the robots. There’s also a limited amount of data comparing how these robots fare with other technologies that are currently being used in eliminating infections. For instance, one popular technology uses ultraviolet C light to eliminate dangerous bacteria from hospital surfaces. Another system uses hydrogen peroxide vapor to eliminate pathogens. Whether robot use will lead to a reduction of number of hospital-acquired infections in a facility is still up for debate.
Individual hospitals must understand what technology works best for their facility and for specific uses. For instance, robots are more expensive, but also get the job done quickest. A robot cannot reach some areas like the underside of a bed tray, but can clean much quicker than the other two systems. A hydrogen peroxide vapor system costs much less, but can take up to three hours to clean a hospital room.
Most encouraging about this growing use of disinfection technology is that it clearly indicates that hospitals are willing to go above and beyond the norm in helping reduce the risk of patient infections.
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