Saudi hospital buys disinfection systems to fight Mers
Riyadh, June 25, 2014
King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) has purchased 12 portable disinfection systems from UV-C Technologies to destroy organisms in its environment including the hospital and ambulances, said a report.
While the immediate need is to combat the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV), the technology from the US-based company that specialises in disinfection through the utilisation of UV-C energy, will kill all infection causing pathogens to reduce the probability of infections, said the Saudi Gazette report.
The high-intensity UV-C light breaks the DNA and/or RNA of the organism and prevents it from reproducing, it said.
"Studies have proven that manually disinfecting a hospital room is approximately 50 per cent effective. Using our automated UV-C device, the kill rate of pathogens is 99.99 per cent. Additionally, this high level disinfection is accomplished in approximately 15 minutes, thereby reducing hospital room turn over time," John Morrow, CEO of US based UV-C Technologies, was quoted as saying.