Continued growth is in the forecast for the disinfection robot market, according to published reports. In recent years, health care facilities have turned to portable enhanced environmental disinfection systems, sometimes referred to as robots, that feature ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light to assist with infection control measures already in place. This UV technology helps in the battle against multi-drug-resistant organisms.

The prevention of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to be crucial in the health care environment, especially considering how they impact patient care, patient satisfaction and reimbursement. Many health care facilities are turning to these robots to help combat Clostridium difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and more as pathogens mutate to resist antibiotics and disinfectants.

These robots help fight HAIs without additional labor costs. While disinfection robots continue to evolve and improve, the idea of using UV light for fighting infections has been around for years. UV-C light has been used to decontaminate drinking water and air handling systems for quite some time, and UV-C has been used in clean room environments by the pharmaceutical industry for years.

Recent studies on the efficacy of UV light disinfection have resulted in positive results and have given hospitals and health care facilities confidence in using robots as part of their disinfection process.

The ECRI Institute, realizing the growing use of these devices, included disinfection robots on its 2015 C-Suite Watch List among other hot topics.

“Introducing these technologies could have large positive implications for infection prevention practices and capital and operational budgets. In addition, administrators could see a return on investment due to fewer staff-contracted infections and loss of work time. Implementing disinfection robotics might not only improve patient health outcomes, but also bring about significant savings and cost avoidance for health care systems,” according to The ECRI Institute’s 2015 C-Suite Watch List.

According to a report by Allied Market Research titled “UV Disinfection Equipment Market – Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Growth, and Forecast, 2013-2020,” the global UV disinfection equipment market has a potential to reach $2.8 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate of 15.3 percent during 2014-2020.

The growth of the health care and chemical industry is creating tremendous opportunities for the UV disinfection equipment market, according to reports.

UV disinfection finds its uses in diversified areas, including surface disinfection in health care facilities. However, water treatment leads the market, accounting for almost 60 percent of the total market share, as it is a volume-driven application (in terms of number of UV equipment utilized).

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