Lost Rivers Medical Center, a critical care access hospital in Arco, Idaho, has significantly reduced room cleaning and decontamination times, enabling staff to accurately schedule more patients in a day by implementing Surfacide’s automated UV-C decontamination technology. Originally purchased for use with its Aquilion Lightning CT system from Canon Medical, Lost Rivers is using the Surfacide Heliossystems in both its CT and x-ray rooms with plans to expand to its surgical suite.

“Surfacide has helped our infection control teams decontaminate rooms quickly, so room turnaround time is much faster, and patients aren’t having to wait as long for rooms,” says Susan Collins, director of ancillary services, Lost Rivers Medical Center. “It’s so easy to use and transport throughout the hospital. As soon as we can properly train all of our maintenance personnel, we plan to use the tool more widely across the whole hospital.”

To meet the need for fast disinfection, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with Surfacide to offer its Helios System—a rapid decontamination tool for its imaging equipment. The Surfacide Helios System consists of a trio of automated UV-C disinfection ‘robots’ that work together to significantly reduce bacteria, spores, and virus on hard surfaces and are effective against a variety of multi-drug resistant organisms that could cause viral infectious diseases. Using multiple ‘robots’ simultaneously emits more energy throughout a room in a single cycle, which helps shorten disinfection cycle time to just minutes and ultimately improves workflow.

“Helping our customers deliver superior care to patients has always been at the forefront of our ‘Made for Life’ philosophy,” says Erin Angel, managing director, CT business unit, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. “Whether that’s providing innovative imaging and interventional systems or the tools needed to decontaminate those systems so they are safe for patients, we are committed to providing solutions our customers can use to improve their business and better serve patients.”