Scientists use drones to clean hospitals and reduce outbreaks of infectious diseases
In 2012, when Neuroscientist TED Talker, inventor James Kozloski's wife Sumali was working in a nursing school in Connecticut, Connecticut, United States, was trying to deal with some hospitals with high infection rate of patients.
As the CDC records show, of about 80 thousand annual cases in Connecticut, an outbreak of 914 'superbug' methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
In comparison, there were 3,500 more infections in California than in Connecticut, but there were only 728 MRSA infections in 2012.
For Sumali and her colleagues, this means that from putting on a white coat to cleaning the surface, each process takes more time.
The best way to prevent MRSA infection is to keep your hands and clothes clean. James has an idea: can a small drone protect hospital door handles, countertops and bed railings from MRSA pollution?
James, after cooperating with scientist and inventor Cliff Pickover, Tim Lynar, the main inventor of workplace safety from IBM Melbourne laboratory, and mathematician John Wagner, submitted the creative ideas and technical details of the UAV, and was granted a patent, patent number 9,447,448, which is an invention of unmanned aerial vehicle microbial analysis system.
The picture shows IBM patent 9,447,448: an invention of unmanned aerial vehicle microbiological analysis system unmanned aerial vehicle can purify places we can't see more than 100 unmanned aerial vehicles were sold in the United States last year.
Unmanned aerial vehicles can be used as military tools or for public use. The development speed of unmanned aerial vehicles is almost as fast as the spread of infectious diseases in hospitals.
James imagined that the small unmanned aerial vehicle could fly into the hospital ward for scanning analysis, and if necessary, it could also clean the surface of the ward before the patient entered the ward.
Cliff said, 'unmanned aerial vehicles are suitable for places that are difficult for cleaners to reach, and can even remember where cleaning is needed, such as the top of a showcase or can be carried out in a limited space.
Our unmanned aerial vehicle system, with its cognitive ability, can understand which objects are more likely to accumulate specific microorganisms on the surface, in order to provide advice for hospital staff and carry out sterilization procedures, the picture shows that an unmanned aerial vehicle is scanning two out of every 100 people in the ward for microorganisms carrying MRSA.
MRSA is easy to spread, and people may still be infected even if they use appropriate equipment and precautions.
Autonomous drones with cognitive technology can identify and confirm MRSA. After finding MRSA, analyze the time and place where it may spread and remind hospital staff.
By collecting microbial samples by drones or drone teams, hospitals can provide a safer environment for patients.