UVC cleaning robots can penetrate behind objects
No room is completely free of objects behind which bacteria may linger. Even an empty room may harbour bacteria on fixtures and fittings. Regular decontamination can frequently miss bacteria which is “tucked away”. UVC cleaning misses very little! The radiation can penetrate behind objects, eradicating bacteria which may otherwise be missed. The 2010 study mentioned earlier also states that the UVC device they used was, “… effective in eliminating vegetative bacteria on contaminated surfaces both in the line of sight and behind objects within approximately 15 minutes and in eliminating C. difficile spores within 50 minutes…” (http://tru-d.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Room-Decontamination-with-UV-Radiation.pdf). The ability of UVC robotic cleaning to make an impact on bacteria levels behind objects is an important benefit which cannot be under-estimated.
Cobots bring significant benefits
Compared with traditional cleaning techniques, cobots offer several benefits:
– Less labour intensive to use: once in position, a UVC robot will perform the job without the need for further control.
– Less need to resource on-going supplies of disinfectant and to replace cleaning equipment.
– More comprehensive access: a UVC robot can go into spaces and clean areas which are difficult to access manually or through other cleaning methods, cleaning behind objects if necessary.
– Safer to use: because the ‘bot doesn’t use chemicals, sprays or other cleaning products, there’s no chance of hazardous substances accidentally falling into the wrong hands – an important consideration in hospitals where vulnerable people are accommodated.
Although the initial cost of a UVC robot for disinfection is relatively high, there are substantial cost savings to be made over time, both in terms of on-going use and in the amount saved due to reduced infection rates. Most importantly of all, lower infection rates mean better outcomes for patients, a goal which is at the heart of healthcare.