HTA – hand disinfection robot


Objective, methods and results


The aim of the HTA is to assess the hand disinfection robot and how it automatically adds and distributes disinfectant (rubbing alcohol) at hands and wrists. This new practice of the hand disinfection robot will be compared with the usual practice, which is a wall attached dispenser. The hand disinfection robot is a prototype and uses sensors and an automatic dosage system with several jets to distribute the rubbing alcohol on both sides of the hands and wrists.

Target group

Staff at the hospital and relatives/patients at the hospital.


Systematic literature study, randomized clinical trial (N=433) and focus group interviews (N=10)


Very few similar technologies, that also automatically dose disinfectant on hands and wrists, have been identified (N=3). Technologies using several jets are not seen before at all. No studies have been found in which the corresponding technology is compared with the traditional wall attached alcohol dispenser. The objective to achieve 95% cover of rubbing alcohol on hands and wrists by using the hand disinfection robot instead of the wall attached dispenser is fulfilled concerning relatives and patients. However, this is not the case of the staff. The staff accepts the hand disinfection robot and sees the potential of the technology. Furthermore, they have a few ideas for and demands on the further development of the technology when it comes to the daily practical use of it.

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