Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill using ultraviolet light technology to sanitize facility


The SURFACIDE Total Room Disinfection device delivers UV-C energy to sanitize a hospital or treatment room in as little as 15 minutes without chemicals. A triple emitter configuration allows the system to ensure full eradication of any pathogens on surfaces or in the air. No known bacteria or viruses can survive UV-C energy technology which includes the new coronavirus and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

The device is used in patient rooms and other areas of the hospital after regular cleaning and sanitizing has been completed.

“This technology provides an extra measure of protection for patients and staff,” said William Reppy, LVH–Schuylkill president. “We are very fortunate to have this technology here and now in Schuylkill County. In fact, when you enter our facilities, you can be assured that we do not just look clean, we are clean.”

Other LVHN facilities also use UV light technology to supplement their cleaning and sterilization practices. LVH-Schuylkill is the only hospital in Schuylkill County using SURFACIDE technology, according to Lehigh Valley Health Network officials.

“At a time when everyone is so rightly concerned about germs and proper sanitation, it is absolutely essential that we are able to make this technology available here at our Pottsville facilities,” said Terry Wagner, director of EVS. “Infection prevention is the reality of clean.”

LVH-Schuylkill’s unit uses a system equipped with three emitters or towers, which allows the unit to cover more surface area than single emitters during a single cycle. This allows for safer, more efficient cleaning of areas within the hospital that require supplemental disinfection. LVH-Schuylkill is using the unit in patient rooms, operating suites, exam rooms, restrooms and other areas.