Robotic technology used to decontaminate rooms and ambulances that have had contact with Ebola patients
West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming, US has adopted the Bioquell robotic technology used to decontaminate rooms and ambulances that have had contact with Ebola patients. The hospital purchased the equipment long before the Ebola outbreak in Dallas. The system is used in hospitals around the world to kill more common pathogens such as CPE, C.difficile or norovirus.
Gerri Ackley Infection Preventionist at Cody’s West Park Hospital, who is concerned about multi-drug resistant bugs and other infectious agents, described how they put the HPV robotic technology through their own test to make sure of its efficacy. They put the bed in a room together with laptops, stethoscopes, mobiles phones, shoes etc. and ran the machine. The room was then swabbed and microbiological cultures taken, but nothing grew.'We use a 35% solution of hydrogen peroxide. We vaporise that. We send it through an enclosed space like a hospital room,' explained Ryan Anderson, Bioquell Regional Sales Manager. 'It creates a micro-condensation on everything throughout the room. So it gets underneath, behind, around, in nooks and crannies. Then we aerate it out with a second machine, which basically turns that hydrogen peroxide back into water and oxygen.'
Hydrogen peroxide vapour is the gold standard for efficacy, the company says. It has the ability to eliminate 99.9999% of all pathogens, including spores, from all surfaces.