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Mercy Medical Center using new UV lights to destroy germs

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Hospital rooms are already clean and full of disinfectant -- but some are getting cleaner.

Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids recently bought a new ultraviolet system to sanitize rooms.

It's called the Sanuvox Aseptix Ultra Violet (UV) System. It uses UV-C light to destroy germs.

Employees say they'll still use the disinfectant that they've been using, this just adds an extra layer of protection for patients.

"We know it's a proven killer in disrupting germs and viruses, and if we can do a better job than the great job we've already done, then we need to put that into the regiment," said Les Etscheidt, Director of Environmental Services.

Mercy Medical Center employees say the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has a similar system -- and that there's other groups making products like this, so they may soon be common in Iowa.

 

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