The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has secured innovative ultraviolet-C (UV-C) decontamination technology as part of a new partnership with local decontamination experts, Inivos.
The ‘Ultra-V’ technology was designed by King’s Lynn-based infection prevention and control company, Inivos, to fully decontaminate healthcare settings of pathogenic microorganisms – including C.Difficile, Staphylococcus Aureus and the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen which causes COVID-19.
Using ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light generated by ten UV-C lamps, the Ultra-V can decontaminate a space of potentially dangerous microorganisms in as little as ten minutes.
The equipment is calibrated by specialist monitoring technology called spectromes. Six spectromes are placed in different areas in the room to constantly record the level of UV being transmitted throughout the process. Each spectrome reports back to a central tablet which creates auto-generated reports in real-time, allowing hospital staff to be confident that a cycle has been successful and the environment is safe to inhabit.
Libby McManus, Chief Nurse, said: “We are so grateful to Inivos for supplying this incredible piece of kit to the QEH. Working with this innovative equipment will support our domestic services teams to deep clean patient areas quicker, in turn allowing us to care for more patients.
“We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Inivos and hopefully launch some research and development projects with them in the future.”
Donna Mason, Domestic Service Manager, said: “The department is very excited to receive this equipment. This piece of equipment will allow the department to enhance the deep cleaning process and reduce the risk of infection.”
Tautvydas Karitonas, Head of Research and Development at Inivos, said: “As a local company, we’re proud to partner with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to support their incredible staff in providing the highest possible quality of care to local residents.”
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Inivos are leading experts in hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) and ultraviolet-C light (UV-C) decontamination technology, services and assessments which identify and eliminate viruses, bacteria and other contaminants from hospitals and businesses.
Since Inivos was founded in Kings Lynn in 2007, it has worked with hundreds of organisations around the world – including more than a third of NHS Trusts – to eradicate potentially dangerous pathogenic microorganisms and ensure spaces are safe for inhabitation.
Through unparalleled knowledge of the behaviours and factors that transmit viruses and bacteria, the levels at which various microorganisms are infective for humans and how decontamination technology can be applied to a variety of environments, Inivos design effective infection prevention and control solutions that are supported by peer-reviewed evidence as radically reducing contaminants.
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