Covenant Health introduces ultraviolet sanitizing machine - FOX34 Lubbock

Covenant Health introduces ultraviolet sanitizing machine

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Kelly Flippen, director of environmental services at Covenant Health, prepares the Solaris Lytbot for use at Covenant Medical Center on July 7, 2020. Kelly Flippen, director of environmental services at Covenant Health, prepares the Solaris Lytbot for use at Covenant Medical Center on July 7, 2020.
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Covenant Health has introduced a new machine used to completely sanitize its facilities.

The Solaris Lytbot is an ultraviolet sanitizing machine. It claims to remove 99 percent of germs, including COVID-19.

Kelly Flippen, director of environmental services at Covenant Health, said the machine is not meant to replace cleaning, but it is a secondary precaution.

"It emits high dosages of UVC light, which kills any organisms which may be in its path," Flippen said.

It can also damage the DNA of cells, so it is not safe to be inside the room while it is in use.

"As well as we train our folks, it's nearly impossible to get things 100 percent cleaned, and that's where the UV light comes in and makes up the difference," Flippen said. "Cleaning gets about 95 percent of the organisms off a surface, and this machine takes care of the rest."

Covenant has used an older UV machine for about seven years, but he said the new machine, which costs $82,000, is faster and more efficient.

It is used in any room where patient was in isolation, specifically for COVID-19. Flippen said it is also used in stem cell areas, because those patients are immunocompromised.

"Anything we can do to help put patients at ease, anything we can do to help the risk of infection transmission is beneficial to the hospital and beneficial to the community," Flippen said.

 

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