Ambulance Infection Control

From attending emergency incidents through to rapid transfer for critically ill patients, our clinical decontamination products, used in ambulance and paramedic situations, are critical to the effective function of our whole healthcare system.

The Inivos robot decontamination products assist ambulance service providers and emergency responders in preventing the spread of infection from their vehicles, aircraft, medical equipment and facilities.

We understand that there are short patient turnover targets when transporting your patient from the vehicle to the hospital and cleaning before heading back out on call, and encourage healthcare providers to think proactively rather than reactively about decontamination of emergency vehicles. Building a regular schedule of full decontamination will deliver sustainable, measurable improvements.

For road vehicles

Working alongside the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, we liaised with the ambulance fleet managers to understand schedules and maintenance programmes to cohesively deliver decontamination at periods when vehicles were out of service and not on-response.

Following a deep clean by the Make Ready Team and exposing all surfaces within the vehicle by opening drawers and cupboards, a full HPV (hydrogen peroxide vapour) decontamination can be delivered by the ProXcideTM in under 2 hours. This technology removes viral and bacterial micro-organisms from vehicles, aiming to ensure the same standards of clinical decontamination are maintained across all patient care services inside and outside the hospital.

“We’re proud to be the first NHS Trust to take this step to decontaminate ambulances in this innovative way, meaning our emergency staff can carry out their work in a safe environment that matches that of their hospital-based colleagues and our patients can be confident they are receiving care to the highest standards of infection control.

Andrew Donegan, Head of Facilities at Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

For helicopters

With support from Inivos, Magpas Air Ambulance became the first air ambulance service in the UK to commission innovative hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) decontamination technology.

The charity uses ProXcide to decontaminate flight suits, uniforms, kit bags and even reusable PPE. Used in a purpose-built standalone decontamination chamber, ProXpodTM, the device fills the chamber of PPE, flight suits and uniforms with low dosage HPV to break down pathogenic micro-organisms – including SARS-CoV-2.

The enhanced safety offered by decontaminating flight suits, PPE and kit bags with hydrogen peroxide has been a key factor in enabling Magpas Air Ambulance to continue to safely operate their lifesaving service, which saw a 70% increase in inter-hospital transfers during the 1st wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the emergency nature of the service Magpas Air Ambulance provides, proactive decontamination between patients is critically important.