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Paper- Restricted to Campus Access

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Faculty Mentor

Catherine van de Ruit


Robotic technology has afforded advances in surgical work yet cleaning robotic instrumentation is an ongoing problem due to the complexity and costs of cleaning equipment. This qualitative study provides perspectives on robotics, cleanliness, and hospital context. Key findings from the study suggests size does matter. For small hospitals, inappropriate cleaning, inadequate staffing, and misuse of surgical tools were reported by staff. Meanwhile, medium sized hospitals showed to be the “bridge” of cleanliness and job roles between both the small and large hospitals, respectively. Staff reported cleaning techniques and technology, staffing, financial stability, and communication arose as general themes among the different size hospitals. Finally, overtasked technicians and high technological demands contribute to the lack of cleanliness and miscommunication in large hospitals. Overall, the study finds evidence that robotic cleaning techniques and frontline staff responsibilities vary within different size hospitals.


Presented as part of the Ursinus College Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) held April 23 – April 30, 2020.

The downloadable file is a poster with recorded audio commentary.


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