On the seventh floor of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital CEO David Long recently showed new technology that is designed to kill COVID-19 and other airborne viruses.
(TNS) — On the seventh floor of
Long said the long-term acute care hospital is the first hospital in
"It essentially draws in air from the hallway and it kills viruses on contact," he said. "It kills COVID upon contact in the system."
He said a heated HEPA filter in the system pulls in air from the hallway and it has been proven to have a 99.9% chance of destroying COVID-19.
"It kills all types of viruses as well through the heating element and the temperature in there. It gets up to high temperature and it's killed as soon as it goes through," he said. "Out the back end of it, it will put out a clean air product. Everything has been purified."
Scientists, engineers and leading innovators launched Integrated Viral Protection's indoor biodefense system and it was approved by the
The new equipment was placed in a hallway at
The staff calls the new equipment "Rosie" since it resembles the robot from The Jetsons.
After patients are discharged from
The hospital within a hospital provides post-acute care services for patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and were discharged from the intensive care unit and may still be on ventilators, he said.
"They're still COVID-positive but they're not considered contagious. We take them and we finish their care up here," Long said. "They might still have respiratory pneumonia and they might be on ventilators and we wean them off the ventilators."
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