The goal of hospitals is to guarantee the best possible medical care for patients whilst simultaneously operating economically. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this challenge, as increasing requirements for improved infection control and new medical findings are placing significantly higher demands on medical specialists and care personnel.
Innovative plasma- and surface-technology solutions can contribute towards improved protection against infection. In addition to sustainable antimicrobial surfaces, mobile cleaning systems – e.g. on the basis of plasma technology or ozonated water – can also lead to improved patient protection. Simultaneously, operating costs can be optimized by monitoring energy and material flows through the implementation of a cyber system.
In this context, the Fraunhofer IST is developing sustainable prototypes which will then be tested in the patient room under realistic conditions.
The findings obtained during this collaboration are to be incorporated into future hospital planning with the involvement of political decision-makers. Practicable equipment elements and flexible, automated products will be selected and developed in such a way that the associated production processes can be easily transferred to industry in the future.