To Save Supplies During Shortage, UHC Disinfecting Masks Using Intense UV Light

With inventory of the N95 masks in short supply across the country, United Hospital Center (UHC) has begun decontaminating masks with their ultraviolet light Germ-Zapping Robots. The N-95’s are vital to health care workers, helping to filter out 95% of airborne particles.

“Research supports the use of the UV light system in destroying harmful bacteria and viruses,” said Dr. Mark Povroznik, vice president of Quality at UHC. “Our robots use UVC rays at specific wavelengths, which quickly destroy bonds that fuse DNA strands together.”

UHC is utilizing the same UV light emitting robots that disinfect rooms and surgical suites at its hospital to disinfect the N95 masks for reuse at UHC, in addition to Braxton County Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Summersville Regional Medical Center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allows the practice currently employed at UHC, due to the supply shortage of masks.

This 10-minute disinfecting process has allowed UHC healthcare workers to wear their masks for up to a week longer; therefore, decreasing usage of new ones. Dr. Povroznik said that the hospital started the cleaning procedure on Friday, and is working through the logistics of disinfecting many more masks.

“UHC has long been recognized as a leader in medical technology and highly specialized care,” Dr. Povroznik said. “The investment in UV light robots is not only important, but it also underscores UHC’s commitment to patient care and the communities we serve in North Central West Virginia, especially now.”

UHC has been using UV light disinfecting since the hospital opened its Bridgeport campus in 2010. The Xenex LightStrike robots use Full Spectrum™ pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi, and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, Ebola and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.

COVID-19 Mask DisinfectionUHC’s Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot is a revolutionary UV light system that quickly destroys potentially harmful bacteria and viruses.

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