On May 26, the University of Danang (UD)’s University of Technology and Education transferred its UV light disinfection robot to the Danang General Hospital in an attempt to prevent and control the Covid-19.
This is a useful technological product which was devised successfully by a Teaching – Research Team (TRT) from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology and Education – UD.
Representatives of the UD and the University of Technology and Education at the ceremony of transferring the anti-Covid robot to the Danang General Hospital
The Danang General Hospital will use this UV light-equipped robot to disinfect patient rooms and other areas throughout the hospital in a bid to avoid the risk of exposure to germs as well as support the prevention of infectious diseases, especially the Covid-19.
The 1.5m-tall, 0.45m-long, 0.4m-wide robot weighs 55 kg, and can operate continuously in 2.5 hours per charge. The robot uses UV light to destroy bacteria, virus, and other harmful microbes. Once inside a room, the robot will take around 30 seconds to completely disinfect within the radius of between 1-2.5m by damaging the DNA and RNA of microbes, stopping them from multiplying.
The robot can kill 99% of bacteria exposed to it. This could mean that patients will no longer be at risk of catching an antibiotic-resistant infection while in hospital, while infections outside the hospital environment will reduce as bugs will be unable to spread.
The robot is safe, reliable and eliminates human errors. Furthermore, it is user-friendly and is designed to be operated daily by cleaning staff.
Notably, the robot is much cheaper than some similar UV disinfection robots on the market. The total cost of manufacturing materials is about VND 50 million. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Cao Tho, Rector of the University of Technology and Education – UD, said that the price of this robot is very cheap in the current market conditions.
In order to transfer this product to the Danang General Hospital, the research team had to check many times with very strict procedures. “Although it is not the peak time of the Covid-19 pandemic at present, this robot and other similar ones should be necessary products that we must pay attention to”, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tho stressed.