Boston dental clinic deploys autonomous robots to sterilise clinic premises

08-07-2020

Boston dental clinic, an award-winning dental practice in Boston, United States, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has deployed UV disinfection (UVD) robots to sterilise their premises and eradicate the spread of COVID-19.

It is the first dental clinic in the world to utilise this autonomous technology. The UVD robots eliminate harmful pathogens and superbugs on surfaces and in the air within the room through a highly effective process of sterilisation. 

A field hospital opened in Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the virus, was recently staffed with UVD robots to ease the burden on pressured healthcare workers and cleaning staff while eliminating the possibility of human error during sanitisation. Within 10 minutes, the autonomous technology and self-navigating robots eliminate the need for additional cleaning staff within a confined space. 

“As the first dental clinic in the world to utilise these autonomous UVD robots, we are providing a protected state-of-the-art experience for all of our patients while ensuring peace of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Dr Maged El-Malecki, dental director of Boston dental.

"Our goal has always been to exceed expectations, and our staff and patients are our top priority. We have invested heavily in optimising our safety and sterilisation processes, including additional hospital-grade air filtrations and personal protective equipment for all of our staff. As the pandemic continues globally, we are striving daily to ensure a well-protected atmosphere for our patients and staff members." he added.

The robots use eight UV-C ultraviolet lights to disinfect and move in a 360-degree fashion to offer complete coverage of the room while destroying 99.99% of all viruses and bacteria. They are more effective than manual cleaning procedures that involve spraying disinfectants. This method helps slow the spread of the virus and helps protect the healthcare workers that frequent these spaces. The robots are equipped with an emergency button and sensor-based safety features that shut down the UV lights in case a person is present within the space they are disinfecting to ensure the safety of those around it.

In addition to deploying the robots, Boston dental has implemented additional sterilisation methods, enhanced their disinfection tools and air-duct purification methods, and provided personal protective equipment to their entire team.