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Decontaminating robots: a steep learning curve?

The opening session at the IDSc Conference bought together, for the first time, all parties that are involved from the design to the processing challenges relating to decontamination of robotic medical devices.

This involved robotic manufacturers Intuitive Surgical, Stryker UK and CMR Surgical, a case  study from a decontamination manager viewpoint, AE (D) responsibilities  and UK expectations going forward. Louise Frampton reports.

The increasing availability of robotic surgery and the challenges this presents for sterile services was high on the agenda at the Institute of Decontamination Sciences’ annual conference. While robot-assisted surgery has changed surgical practice and clinical outcomes, there has also been a steep learning curve for UK Trusts implementing the technology – lessons have had to be learned, along the way, highlighting the need for effective communication between purchasing departments, consultants, theatre staff and sterile services departments – early on in the procurement process. Delegates came away with a valuable insight into ‘intelligent surgery’, and the challenges and opportunities afforded by the latest technology.  

Advances in robotic surgery

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