Company uses UV light to disinfect hospital rooms

Hospitals around the world are using a Wisconsin company’s technology to better disinfect hospital rooms.”Our international inquiries have gone through the roof,” said Jeffrey Veenhuis, president and CEO of Surfacide Manufacturing.He said the company’s UV-C, or ultraviolet emitting robot-like machines, are disinfecting hospital rooms of the coronavirus around the world.”Amidst COVID, another key focus for us is keeping the staff safe, so that they can make patients better,” Veenhuis said. Surfacide’s triple emitter systems are used at Froedtert and Children’s hospitals, as well as hospital hot spots around the world. The machines use up to five UV-C emitting units in a room to “laser map” it and to disinfect surfaces floor to ceiling.”People are now realizing we need technologies like this if we’re ever going to return to normalcy,” Veenhuis said. Hospitals are also using Surfacide machines to disinfect disposable N95 masks for reuse, and the technology will soon be used in non-medical buildings.”The Space Needle in Seattle acquired one, so that when they can reopen, they can keep it safe,” Veenhuis said.It’s a type of UV light the president recently referenced.”And then I said, ‘Supposing you brought the light inside the body, you can, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.’ And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting,” President Donald Trump said last week, talking about ultraviolet light or very powerful light.Trump asked Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, if light or heat could be used as a cure for the virus. She said a fever can help the body but she hadn’t heard of that as a treatment.Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Friday, Trump insisted his comments, which also involved disinfectants inside the body, were misconstrued. “I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you, just to see what would happen,” he said.Birx later defended Trump as merely thinking aloud about what he was hearing at the briefing.Ultraviolet light is used for disinfecting masks and other medical equipment but has not been shown to be safe or effective for use on people to try to eliminate a virus, said Dr. Rais Vohra, an emergency medicine doctor at the Fresno branch of the University of California, San Francisco.Veenhuis said it’s not safe to have people in the room when his machines are operating.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hospitals around the world are using a Wisconsin company’s technology to better disinfect hospital rooms.

“Our international inquiries have gone through the roof,” said Jeffrey Veenhuis, president and CEO of Surfacide Manufacturing.

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He said the company’s UV-C, or ultraviolet emitting robot-like machines, are disinfecting hospital rooms of the coronavirus around the world.

“Amidst COVID, another key focus for us is keeping the staff safe, so that they can make patients better,” Veenhuis said.

Surfacide’s triple emitter systems are used at Froedtert and Children’s hospitals, as well as hospital hot spots around the world.

The machines use up to five UV-C emitting units in a room to “laser map” it and to disinfect surfaces floor to ceiling.

“People are now realizing we need technologies like this if we’re ever going to return to normalcy,” Veenhuis said.

Hospitals are also using Surfacide machines to disinfect disposable N95 masks for reuse, and the technology will soon be used in non-medical buildings.

“The Space Needle in Seattle acquired one, so that when they can reopen, they can keep it safe,” Veenhuis said.

It’s a type of UV light the president recently referenced.

“And then I said, ‘Supposing you brought the light inside the body, you can, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.’ And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting,” President Donald Trump said last week, talking about ultraviolet light or very powerful light.

Trump asked Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, if light or heat could be used as a cure for the virus. She said a fever can help the body but she hadn’t heard of that as a treatment.

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Friday, Trump insisted his comments, which also involved disinfectants inside the body, were misconstrued. “I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you, just to see what would happen,” he said.

Birx later defended Trump as merely thinking aloud about what he was hearing at the briefing.

Ultraviolet light is used for disinfecting masks and other medical equipment but has not been shown to be safe or effective for use on people to try to eliminate a virus, said Dr. Rais Vohra, an emergency medicine doctor at the Fresno branch of the University of California, San Francisco.

Veenhuis said it’s not safe to have people in the room when his machines are operating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.