Posted: Wed 24th Mar 2021

Ultrasonic atomisers designed to combat chemical warfare adapted to disinfect Welsh ambulances

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 24th, 2021

The Welsh Ambulance Service have a new weapon in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic – ultrasonic atomisers.

It might sound like something from Doctor Who, but ultrasonic atomisers that were designed to combat biological and chemical warfare have now been adapted for commercial and healthcare use.

In March 2020, the ambulance service sought a better way to rapidly disinfect their ambulances.

It needed to be quicker to increase ambulance availability, but still effective and safe.

They partnered with SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative and the Government’s facilities at DSTL (Defence Science and Technology at Porton Down.

Nearly 300 proposals from around the world were considered and assessed, but after 6 months of testing and trials they were happy that they had found the winner.

The Ultrasonic Atomisers are supplied by UK manufacturer, Hygiene Pro Clean Ltd. Jamie Borgeat, Managing Director, said, “With our system and support, the ambulances are safer and back in service sooner.”

“We’re proud to contribute to the fantastic work the ambulance service does, saving lives and helping all of us when we need help most.”

The testing and trials carried out by the Welsh Ambulance Trust were the most rigorous of their kind, and the process has seen SBRI and WAST being nominated for a prestigious St David Award for Innovation, Science and Technology.

Mr Borgeat continued, “We’re delighted that our system for effective decontamination has proven its worth in such a painstaking, meticulous and thorough process.”

“To get the thumbs up from the MOD, SBRI, ambulance staff and infection control specialists is a feather in our cap. We can’t wait to share this with other Ambulance Services and healthcare providers.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service will be deploying the system across their ‘Make Ready Depots’ where ambulances are cleaned and replenished before returning to service.

The new technology reduces the time to deep clean and disinfect an ambulance from over 2 hours to around 30 minutes.

It will be used after the pandemic as a quick and efficient way to deep clean vehicles and eliminate all pathogens including Norovirus, E-coli and MRSA.

The system is also capable of deployment for the decontamination of offices, facilities and call centres.

Louise Colson, Head of Infection Prevention and Control at Welsh Ambulance, said, “We set out to find the best system to quickly and safely clean and disinfect our ambulances and we are happy that we have achieved this.”

“Working with Hygiene Pro Clean gets our vehicles back on the road sooner and creates the safest possible environment for staff and patients.”

Claire Roche, Executive Director of Quality and Nursing at Welsh Ambulance added, “This investment demonstrates our determination to continuously raise standards and to assess, interrogate and integrate cutting-edge technology to find safer and more efficient ways to improve outcomes.”

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