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Cassia Regional Hospital deploys new weapon to fight COVID-19

The machine cost about $38,000, and it was paid through the hospital’s capital budget
The device uses ultraviolet C light to destroy microorganisms
The device uses ultraviolet C light to destroy microorganisms(Cassia Regional Hospital)
Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 12:15 PM MST
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BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — As the omicron variant is surging across the United States, Cassia Regional Hospital is shining a light on COVID-19 prevention.

Intermountain Cassia Regional Hospital is using a variety of cutting-edge technology in the battle against COVID-19.

Trying to disinfect their facility and keep people safe is a top priority for the hospital. Their newest weapon in the battle is a device that uses Ultraviolet (UV)-C light to destroy pesky microorganisms.

“This new device uses 360-degree ultraviolet light to kill 99.9 percent of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. These include Clostridium difficile (C.diff), which is the most difficult bacteria to fight, as well as COVID-19, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), influenza and more,” said Melinda Williams, Infection Prevention director at Cassia Regional Hospital.

The lights will be used in isolation rooms upon patient discharge after the rooms are cleaned by Environmental Services (EVS). The UV light process takes 10 to 15 minutes per room. They don’t replace any other cleaning processes and procedures – all cleaning and disinfection are completed before using a UV light in a room.

“The investment in this technology is just another measure that assists us in ensuring the safest possible environment for our patients, staff, and visitors,” said Williams.

The machine costs about $38,000, and it was paid through the hospital’s capital budget.

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