Can the use of assistive technology and interactive therapeutic robots in nursing homes contribute to the spread of infectious disease?

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2017

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Canadian Journal of Infection Control;Volume 32, Number 4

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Craig Kelman & Associates Ltd

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Background: There is an increasing use of assistive technology and interactive therapeutic robots in nursing homes. However, little is known about the possible risks for transmitting infectious diseases through the use of such devices. Methods: Representative surface samples of two multipurpose hygiene chairs and two interactive therapeutic robots were collected on a weekly basis at two nursing homes over a period of two months. Results: We found that both robots and hygiene chairs may contribute to pathogen transmission.

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  • https://hdl.handle.net/10642/6141