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June 24, 2021

Critical Access Hospital Improves Scheduling Predictability with Rapid Decontamination Solution from Canon Medical and Surfacide® UV Technology

Lost Rivers Medical Center Uses UV-C Disinfection Robots to Decontaminate Deadly Pathogens on CT Imaging Systems in Minutes

TUSTIN, Calif., June 24, 2021 – Lost Rivers Medical Center, a Critical Care Access Hospital in Arco, Idaho, has significantly reduced room cleaning and decontamination times, enabling staff to accurately schedule more patients in a day by implementing Surfacide’s automated UV-C decontamination technology. Originally purchased for use with its Aquilion Lightning CT system from Canon Medical, Lost Rivers is using the Surfacide Helios® Systems in both its CT and X-ray rooms with plans to expand to its surgical suite.

“Surfacide has helped our infection control teams decontaminate rooms quickly, so room turnaround time is much faster and patients aren’t having to wait as long for rooms,” said Susan Collins, Director of Ancillary Services, Lost Rivers Medical Center. “It’s so easy to use and transport throughout the hospital. As soon as we can properly train all of our maintenance personnel, we plan to use the tool more widely across the whole hospital.”

To meet the need for fast disinfection, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with Surfacide to offer its Helios System– a rapid decontamination tool for its imaging equipment. The Surfacide Helios System consists of a trio of automated UV-C disinfection ‘robots’ that work together to significantly reduce bacteria, spores and virus on hard surfaces and are effective against a variety of multi-drug resistant organisms that could cause viral infectious diseases. Using multiple ‘robots’ simultaneously emits more energy throughout a room in a single cycle, which helps shorten disinfection cycle time to just minutes and ultimately improves workflow.

“Helping our customers deliver superior care to patients has always been at the forefront of our Made for Life philosophy,” said Erin Angel, managing director, CT Business Unit, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. “Whether that’s providing innovative imaging and interventional systems or the tools needed to decontaminate those systems so they are safe for patients, we are committed to providing solutions our customers can use to improve their business and better serve patients.”

In 2020, Lost Rivers Medical Center set out to upgrade its 16-slice CT system with one that could help them perform better lung imaging and enhance patient care. They selected Canon Medical’s Aquilion Lightning 80-slice CT system for its high image quality and dose reduction technologies.

About Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.
Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc., headquartered in Tustin, Calif., markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and interventional X-ray equipment. For more information, visit Canon Medical Systems’ website at

About Canon Medical Systems Corporation
Canon Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including CT, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Vascular and MR, as well as a full suite of Healthcare IT solutions, across the globe. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide. Our goal is to deliver optimum health opportunities for patients through uncompromised performance, comfort and safety features.

At Canon Medical, we work hand in hand with our partners – our medical, academic and research community. We build relationships based on transparency, trust and respect. Together as one, we strive to create industry-leading solutions that deliver an enriched quality of life. For more information, visit the Canon Medical website:

About Surfacide LLC
Surfacide LLC and Surfacide Manufacturing Inc., are located in Waukesha, WI and produce multiple emitter UV-C systems.

Surfacide is the only triple emitter UV-C system, providing the most efficient and flexible solution in the fight against viruses and other hospital-acquired infections. Over 400 hospitals nationally and internationally are using Surfacide technology to provide an extra layer of protection for patients and healthcare workers. Surfacide’s evidence-based UV-C solution addresses shadows and provides greater coverage for quicker turnaround time and better care. Patients and healthcare workers around the world choose Surfacide as a trusted partner in infection prevention.

Our mission is to provide patients and healthcare workers with a safe environment and continuous support in infection prevention. We respect and admire the dedication from healthcare professionals and in turn, deliver advanced technology that your team needs to provide the best care possible. Learn more about Surfacide by visiting or calling (844)-390-3538.