The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has become the first in the UK to launch an ambulance decontamination programme for all emergency and non-emergency vehicles.

The programme, which uses ProXcide hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) technology to remove viral and bacterial micro-organisms from vehicles, aims to ensure the same standards of clinical decontamination are maintained across all patient care services inside and outside the hospital.

Developed by leading UK-based infection prevention and control company Inivos, ProXcide is designed to effectively decontaminate clinical and public environments of potentially dangerous micro-organisms – including the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen which causes the COVID-19 virus.

Already in use in hundreds of hospitals across the UK, HPV technology can reduce viruses and bacteria to safe, non-infective levels in under 2 hours by breaking down their genetic code.

It also deactivates and removes the HPV from the environment at the end of a decontamination cycle, meaning emergency responders don’t need to wait for vapour to dissipate naturally before the vehicle is back in commission.

The mobile decontamination robot is remote-controlled to ensure operator safety and provides validation reports at the end of each cycle so paramedics can be confident that a decontaminated vehicle is safe for patients to enter

Andrew Donegan, Head of Facilities at Isle of Wight NHS Trust says:

“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