The UV machine that disinfects hospital rooms from coronavirus in 5 minutes

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An innovative ultraviolet machine used in Spain is able to disinfect hospital rooms in just over 5 minutes

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The Clínica Universidad de Navarra based in Madrid and Pamplona, ​​Spain, uses a state-of-the-art machine to disinfect the rooms of the Covid-19 ward. This uses UV rays to sanitize everything, even killing the virus, in just over 5 minutes.





During the ongoing health emergency, hospitals, in addition to taking care of the sick, must ensure that every millimeter of the structure, especially in the Covid-19 ward, is sanitized in the best possible way. In fact, it is known how much the new virus has a high transmission capacity and how much it can resist on different surfaces.

Cleaning teams are generally employed for this purpose, but the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, in Spain, uses special machinery to sanitize the rooms of its hospitals instead.

It is ultraviolet radiation lamps which, in just over 5 minutes, ensure perfect disinfection and of course they are also effective against coronavirus.

As Francisco Guillén Grima, doctor at the Navarra Clinic, in El Mundo said:

“They are very effective because they destroy both DNA and RNA, where the genetic programming of viruses and bacteria is located. A total destruction in a short time that allows almost immediate access to the rooms "

The innovative machine is made by the Canadian company Sanuvox and each costs from 60.000 to 140.000 euros, depending on the characteristics of the model. The equipment has a height of just over one and a half meters and weighs only 45 kilos, which means that it can be easily transported around the hospital on its wheels.

It is a relatively new technology in Spain but very useful in this moment of emergency since the more traditional sterilization of environments, carried out with hydrogen peroxide and gas or steam cylinders, requires patients to be moved from one to three hours while with this system it takes 10 minutes in total.

Generally these machines are used for 5 minutes but for the treatment of Covid-19 departments it has been passed to 6 minutes in order to guarantee disinfection with a total safety margin.



Reference source: El Mundo

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