02 Jan '14, 2pm

‘Germ Zapper’ Machine Keeps Patients’ Rooms Super Clean -- Veterans Health Administration

‘Germ Zapper’ Machine Keeps Patients’ Rooms Super Clean -- Veterans Health Administration

IRIS the Germ Zapper likes to work alone when disinfecting a patient’s room. by Tom Cramer, Staff Writer Thursday, January 2, 2014 Microbes beware: the Department of Veterans Affairs is introducing 21st Century ‘germ zapping’ technology that takes no prisoners when it comes to disinfecting patients’ rooms. “We’ve invested close to $1 million to buy eight ‘germ zappers,’ said Bruce Brenner, environmental management supervisor at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania. “Its official name is Intelligent Room Sterilization, or IRIS. Each machine is about 5-feet-tall and emits high-intensity ultraviolet rays that help disinfect patients’ rooms and treatment areas by killing germs including multidrug-resistant organisms.” Brenner said the zapper is simply wheeled to the center of a patient’s room and activated from outside the room using a remote control. No one is p...

Full article: http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2014/January/VAs-Ge...

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