Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) in New Mexico, US, has deployed new mobile ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technology to disinfect its indoor environment.
The V-360° Room Sanitizer will help the LCMC achieve 99% disinfection of target surfaces.
The sanitizer is also expected to help the hospital to reduce risks associated with healthcare acquired infections (HAIs), saving human health and medical costs.
LCMC infection control nurse Vickie Briley said the solution uses new technology to eliminate infectious viruses, bacteria and fungal spores from contaminating surfaces which are then contracted to patients, visitors and staff.
"This unit is 99% effective without the use of any chemicals or residue after use," Briley added.
Designed and manufactured by UltraViolet Devices (UVDI), the room sanitiser emits 360° of UV-C energy.
LCMC patient care services director Patsy Parker said the medical centre may be one of the only hospitals in New Mexico that has one of these machines.
"I know we are the only one within the Presbyterian system right now," Parker added.
"This machine will greatly reduce the risk for any admitted or surgical patients from contracting a hospital acquired infection and will be used in addition to routine cleaning procedures."
HAIs cost the US an estimated $30bn every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.