Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital using UV technology to help fight COVID-19 and keep patients safe

Published in News, Emergency Services

Author: Staff

Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department has invested in ultraviolet technology to help protect patients and staff. The UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer provides an extra layer of protection by killing pathogens, including coronavirus and C.difficile, that can cause health-care-associated infections. 

“The UV light allows us to have an extra measure of protection,” said June Boie, Director of Emergency Services for Carris Health. “The new device is used in patient rooms and other emergency department areas after regular cleaning and sanitizing has been completed.”

The machine can be rolled from room to room, with the UV-C rays emitted by the light extending a full 360 degrees, allowing the system to disinfect areas within an 8-foot radius in just five minutes.

"When all elective patient procedures and surgeries at our Carris Health Surgery Center were closed in March due to COVID-19, we had the opportunity to borrow their UV-C light for use in the hospital," said Boie. "When they resumed surgeries in July, we returned the ultraviolet light, and expressed to our Incident Command team that it would be beneficial to have this technology for permanent use in the Emergency Department."

Thanks to a generous donation funded by Carris Health Foundation in partnership with Rotary District 5950 and Rotary Clubs in Willmar, Redwood Falls and Minnetonka, Rice Hospital was able to purchase the machine for added steps to infection prevention.

"Patient safety is a top priority during this time – and truly any time," added Boie. "Incorporating the UV-C light into our cleaning and disinfecting protocols gives patients and employees as much peace of mind as possible knowing the device is proven effective against coronavirus and highest-risk pathogens and helps protect our patient environments."

Employees began using the ultraviolet technology this month.