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Merrick Medical Center using Ultraviolet to help sanitize

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 9:24 PM CST
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CENTRAL CITY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Merrick Medical Center recently acquired new equipment to help them keep patient rooms and staff areas sanitary during this time of the pandemic. The Light Strike Germ-Zapping UV Robot by Xenex which uses a Xenon lamp to irradiate microbes missed by typical cleaning.

“The room needs to be cleaned and disinfected before we bring it in. Just because we want to be sure that we have everything out of there and all the services are clear” said Trisha Schuller, Manager of Guest Services. “So the light will come up and it will pulsate, and it pulsates so many times per second. And then that’s the rays that go out and take care of them.” The technician will move it to different areas of the room, and pulse for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending of the level of expected pathogens.

They use it for both patient areas and staff workspaces. The new technology is something they value for their hospital and as a symbol of investment back to the community. “This has actually been a very important and critical investment into the community, is to have something so amazing as this to keep us safe,” said Alisa Trout-Schurr, Director of Operations. “It’s important that we made this investment for this community, including our COVID drive-through that’s like none other in the area.”

The device is more for commercial use, not designed to be used by individuals. The radiation it produces is hazardous to humans, as it produces very high amounts of Ultraviolet light, which may be familiar during the summer months as what causes sunburn. The radiation is absorbed by a barrier though, so in a closed room, it poses no threat to anyone outside.

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