Tower Health Uses Ultraviolet Light to Zap Virus
WEST READING PA – Disinfection “robots” carrying equipment that bathes a room with germ-killing ultaviolet light energy (at top) are being used in Tower Health hospitals, including those in Pottstown and Phoenixville, as part of the healthcare provider’s “rigorous cleaning processes,” it said.
The machines, manufactured by London-based Finsen Technologies Ltd., are among “technological enhancements” Tower deployed this week “for cleaning and disinfection of patient rooms and procedural areas, especially those used to care for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients,” it reported in a Wednesday (June 3, 2020) media release.
The continuous wave, floor-to-ceiling light emitted by the machines kills pathogens including the coronavirus “by damaging their genetic structure and materials” in the same way that sunlight can damage human skin, according to Dr. Debra Powell, who serves as chief of Tower’s Section of Infectious Disease at Reading Hospital.
Although the devices can be used throughout the hospitals, Tower Health’s said its initial uses will focus on COVID-19 patient units, emergency departments, suites where a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patient has undergone surgery, and intensive care, progressive care, and transitional care units.
Distribution of the machines coincide with Tower’s gradual resumption of elective procedures at its hospitals, it acknowledged.
Photo provided by Tower Health from video footage via Finsen Technologies