Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recently purchased and placed into service a whole-room disinfection technology, called Optimum-UV Enlight, by Clorox Healthcare. This equipment provides an extra level of protection in the hospital’s ongoing effort to protect patients while enhancing staff efficiencies.
The Optimum-UV Enlight robot emits ultraviolet light to kill potentially harmful pathogens on surfaces. After a room has been deep cleaned with standard, manual disinfection by Environmental Services, the robot is brought in. “The lamp is effective within a distance of eight feet and a disinfecting cycle lasts only five minutes. Each room will typically need three cycles each, depending on size of the room,” said ECM Hospital Environmental Services Director, Gary Blanks. “The machine will operate every day. Initially, we will be using the lamp in our operating rooms. This is a great addition to the hospital, which we consider a pro-active measure to keep our patients safe and healthy, while in our care.”
The Optimum-UV Enlight efficacy has been demonstrated against several microorganisms in both laboratory and clinical settings. Pathogens like Clostridium difficile (C. diff) spores and MRSA can survive on surfaces for months, however this lamp will kill the pathogens on contact. The Optimum-UV Enlight is effective against more than 30 infection causing pathogens. A representative from Clorox Healthcare was on campus in February to train ECM Hospital staff.
“We continuously look for ways to provide excellent care for our patients. ECM Hospital is the only healthcare organization in the Shoals to utilize this technology,” said ECM Chief Executive Officer, Russell Pigg. “This addition should add a sense of security to our patients who select ECM Hospital for their care.”
The Optimum-UV Enlight includes infrared motion sensors to prevent operation if people are present. The system tracks device usage across rooms, locations and operators, providing automated reporting that is accessible in real time.