UV Light Sanitizes Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill Rooms
It uses no chemicals, but it can sanitize a hospital or treatment room in as little as 15 minutes. A new ultraviolet light technology has been introduced into the Environmental Services (EVS) Department at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill. The benefit promises to be great for patients and staff alike.
Called SURFACIDE Total Room Disinfection, the equipment delivers ultraviolet (UV)-C energy in a highly effective manner. A triple emitter configuration allows the system to ensure full eradication of any pathogens (germs) on surfaces or in the air. There are no known bacteria or viruses that can survive UV-C energy technology including the coronavirus and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It is used in patient rooms and other areas of the hospital after regular cleaning and sanitizing has been completed.
“This technology provides an extra measure of protection for patients and staff,” says William “Bill” Reppy, President, LVH–Schuylkill. “We are very fortunate to have this technology here and now in Schuylkill County. In fact, when you enter our facilities, you can be assured that we do not just look clean, we are clean.”
LVH–Schuylkill is the only hospital in Schuylkill County using the SURFACIDE technology.
Other Lehigh Valley Health Network facilities also use ultraviolet light technology to supplement their cleaning and sterilization practices.
“At a time when everyone is so rightly concerned about germs and proper sanitation, it is absolutely essential that we are able to make this technology available here at our Pottsville facilities,” notes Terry Wagner, Director of EVS. “Infection prevention is the reality of clean.”
The unit at LVH–Schuylkill uses a system equipped with three emitters or towers. The SURFACIDE system is able to cover more surface area than single emitters during a single cycle. This ability to cover more surface area allows for safer, more efficient cleaning of patient rooms, bathrooms, ORs and any other area within the hospital that require supplemental disinfection. With SURFACIDE’s three emitters operating during the same disinfection cycle, more surfaces are exposed, leaving behind a safer environment.
LVH–Schuylkill will use the technology in patient rooms, operating suites, exam rooms, restrooms and other areas.
Employees began using the ultraviolet technology in early July.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation, and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the region’s only hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top five hospitals for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.