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MemberSeptember 15, 2021 at 2:02 am
Robots have been in use in the healthcare sector for some time, operating largely behind the scenes. Over the last five years, the range of robotic applications in healthcare has expanded rapidly to include assistive applications for doctors, nurses, caregivers and patients in hospitals and care facilities. In the second of this two-part blog series, we focus on applications in which robots come into direct contact with both healthcare staff and patients, keeping hospitals safe, and assisting doctors and nurses in a range of functions.
Cleaning and disinfection
According to the World Health Organisation, the cost of treating hospital infections runs to around €7 billion per year in Europe and US$6.5 billion in the U.S. Cleaning and disinfection robots have been at work reducing this toll for some time. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought them into the spotlight, increased adoption, and also expanded use outside of hospitals to public spaces such as public transport and shopping malls. Over 30 disinfection robot types from different manufacturers were newly registered in 2020 and the IFR expects double-digit growth in this market in the coming years. Many mobile disinfection robots use UV light to kill germs and most can be operated easily by cleaning staff. Ultra-violet disinfection robots can destroy 99.9% of all microorganisms in a hospital room within 10 minutes. Others spray chemical disinfectants
Robots have been used for some time for minimally-invasive surgery, allowing surgeons to perform a variety of operations with greater precision and faster recovery times for patients. The range of existing systems is continuously expanding. For example, Swiss company AOT recently announced a new robot application for bone surgery, using a KUKA robot. The market for surgical robots is niche in terms of unit sales but accounted for over US$ 5 billion in 2019 due to the high price of these robots. The IFR expects an annual sales growth of 23% between 2020 and 2023.
MemberSeptember 15, 2021 at 7:49 am
Healthcare needs an intensive attention and robots can help to perform the task with zero human error. Hence the preferred use of robots is a good news.
AdministratorSeptember 19, 2021 at 1:32 pm
I believe robots will eventually take over the healthcare field.
MemberSeptember 19, 2021 at 5:26 pm
I have seen tons of documentaries on role of robots in surgery and operations. They do it so efficiently that I must say that more robots should be introduced in healthcare department.
MemberSeptember 22, 2021 at 4:35 am
The extent of preciseness robots can offer, humans cannot actually.