To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Medstar is offering the use of its UV sterilization equipment to police, fire, and other EMS agencies throughout the Medstar service area. UV sterilization has been proven to be the most effective mechanism to kill viruses on surfaces.
“Not all EMS and public safety providers have historically put the level of effort and investment into decontamination that we have,” said Medstar CEO Kolby Miller. “At a time like this, it is more important for us to support all of the personnel working through the pandemic rather than worry about who’s got what equipment.”
Medstar’s UV decontamination process was recently featured on WNEM TV 5 News and WLNS 6 News and in The Macomb Daily. The UV sterilization devices are effective for any vehicle in which an infectious or potentially infectious disease patient was transported. They are the same devices used in hospital ICUs, operating suites, and other areas requiring the highest level of sterilization.
The process requires about 30 minutes for surface effectiveness and two hours for total decontamination.
Agencies interested in using Medstar’s UV sterilization devices can contact Miller at email@example.com who will direct them to the nearest station.
Medstar is Southern Michigan’s largest and most integrated 911 EMS and mobile healthcare provider, serving more than 190,000 patients annually throughout lower Michigan. Originally created in 1993 by two local hospitals committed to quality EMS in their communities, the nonprofit now serves communities in nine counties, and the stakeholder health systems now include Ascension-Michigan, Henry Ford Health System and the McLaren Healthcare Corporation. For more information, visit www.medstarambulance.org.