The Royal Columbian Hospital is now using two “germ-killing robots” to help kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
The robots, which emit concentrated ultraviolet light to kill the virus, will be used to clean and disinfect what the hospital describes as its “hot spots”, such as intensive care and high acuity units.
“Robots are a safe and effective tool to reduce the risk of infection and help keep patients, health care providers, staff and visitors healthy,” said Jeff Norris, President and Chief Executive Officer management of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, in a press release. RCH is one of the province’s primary care hospitals for COVID-19.
The light from the so-called “ultraviolet germicidal irradiation robots” can also kill other life-threatening microorganisms like the antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and C. difficile strains, as it works to destroy the molecular bonds that maintain their DNA together, says RCH.
Although it is not known exactly how long COVID-19 can live on surfaces, preliminary data suggests that the virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on different conditions such as temperature, surface type and humidity levels, based on data collected by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The hospital foundation also launched a COVID-19 response fund to help finance a variety of initiatives during the pandemic, such as accommodation for workers after their shift and technology to help them communicate with their patients.