New Disinfecting Robot Kills Coronavirus and Other Life-threatening...

New Disinfecting Robot Kills Coronavirus and Other Life-threatening Pathogens Commonly Spread in Hospital Rooms

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, August 14, 2020

Ernest Cunningham, President of Nevoa, Inc.

TEMPE, Ariz.: Nevoa Inc., a company based in Tempe, Ariz. that engineers disinfecting solutions for the healthcare industry, has created a new, highly effective disinfection technology for hospital and healthcare patient rooms that is greater than 99.99% effective at killing pathogens that cause Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), including C. diff., MRSA, and Influenza A (H1N1), as well as coronavirus.

The Nimbus robot and patented, EPA-registered disinfecting solution, Microburst (Nimbus + Microburst), was developed specifically for the patient room setting. Given the extraordinary challenges facing healthcare facilities today with the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to other hospital acquired pathogens infecting patients at an unacceptably high rate, the industry was in desperate need of efficient and effective whole room disinfection that goes beyond traditional cleaning protocols.

“The CDC estimates that 100,000 people die each year from HAIs. To reestablish confidence in their patients and staff, hospitals must show they are taking every step possible to disinfect rooms after each patient’s discharge and before a new patient is admitted,” said Ernest Cunningham, president of Nevoa. “We designed Nimbus specifically to kill the pathogens causing healthcare acquired illnesses and help save more lives.”

Nevoa’s Nimbus + Microburst is a fogging disinfection system that requires very minimal time and is operated by a smart tablet safely outside of the room. An Environmental Services (EVS) person is guided through the disinfecting process step by step, which eliminates pathogen transfer generally associated with manual cleaning.

How the Nimbus + Microburst robot works

It only takes about 30 minutes to disinfect an entire hospital room from ceiling to floor. The Nimbus robot is placed in the room, vents are covered, and door frames are sealed. Microburst hospital-grade disinfectant solution, whose active ingredient is Hypochlorous acid (HOCl), is installed into Nimbus, and the EVS person follows the prompts on the smart tablet outside the room.

The automated robot Nimbus then goes to work, atomizing (or fogging) Microburst throughout the hospital room, coating all surfaces for whole room disinfection. After the cleaning cycle is compete, Nimbus uses filtration and dehumidification technology to remove the solution from the air and any extra solution on the room’s hard surfaces, allowing for immediate room re-entry. The result is the eradication of pathogens in patient rooms, lowering the risk of patients acquiring and possibly even dying from HAIs.

This new technology is already being used in hospitals in the United States and is changing the way hospitals and healthcare facilities disinfect their patient rooms. The Nimbus + Microburst disinfection cycle is one of the fastest and most effective technologies currently available to healthcare facilities. Unlike ultraviolet (UV) disinfecting systems, Nimbus + Microburst’s whole-room fogging eliminates shadowing effects where pathogens can hide and leaves no unpleasant odors behind.

At one installation, West Tennessee Healthcare, an executive explained that prior to using Nimbus + Microburst, the EVS Team would clean each room manually, spending an hour or more to disinfect only one room. He said, “Nimbus disinfection is working so well that we’re implementing it in our other hospitals, because this no-touch system is proving to be a safer, easier and more effective method of disinfecting.”

A study by the University of Arizona proved that Nevoa’s disinfection system, combined with modified manual room cleaning, was 300 times more effective at whole room disinfection than manual cleaning alone. The technology was proven to be greater than 99.99% effective at killing bacteria and viruses, reducing hospital costs and improving the overall patient experience.

Cunningham said, “We want staff and patients to concentrate on the healing process without worrying about contracting additional illnesses at the hospital. The highly effective disinfection technology of Nimbus + Microburst makes it safe to go to hospitals again.”

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