Martinsville hospital to trial new UVC room sterilization technology

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Infection and the spread of disease are risks in a hospital- BUT now a robot is helping at Martinsville Henry County Memorial.

It's called the D-Infector. It uses UVC light to clean a room in just minutes.

The inventor and his business partner tell WDBJ7 this is all about improving patient safety.

If you come to the hospital, maybe through these emergency room doors, they want to make sure you leave without contracting any other diseases.

"It operates at the light spectrum of 254 manometers. Which disrupts the DNA and also the RNA of living organisms," Business Partner Lylburn Ollie said.

The machine cleans after all the regular cleaning protocols to leave no room for human error.

"UVC light can hit the service water or the air. It's going to clean anything that light can hit," Inventor David Clayton Jr. said.

The duo says it's not just about providing a cleaning service but working together with that hospital.

"We are actively involved with infection control plans, looking at the risk and saying hey, this is possibility a potential threat. Let's get this unit over there to address this threat and let's get it out of the way," Clayton said.

Hospital leaders say this couldn't have come at a better time.

"We are seeing an increase, especially this year of multi- drug resistant organisms," Memorial Hospital's Infection Preventionalist and Patient Safety Officer Deborah Graem said.

A new alarming trend that this new machine will hopefully combat.

"And now we have something else we can fight it with .And that's exciting to us. We want to make this place as safe as possible," Graem said.

Clayton and Ollie say D-Infector services can also be used in emergency situations outside the hospital.

"If something is happening in a local municipal or a school type environment, the hospital has the right to call upon this service and go out into the community and help eradicate threats that are out there," Ollie said.

Hospital leaders say this type of technology usually costs too much for a small community.

But a community partner and Clayton's business service approach are helping.

A trial period will begin in the middle of August.