Local company designs UV-light trailer to sanitize N95 masks for reuse by health workers

Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and St. Louis University Hospital got the devices from the St. Louis University School of Medicine, where they were being used for research.

“The process took essentially a minute per mask,” said Heather Jolley, administrative director of nursing operations at Cardinal Glennon. “This was very labor intensive, as you can imagine.”

That all changed last week when a 20-by-8 trailer was delivered and parked on a street between the two hospitals.

With shiny aluminum panels on the walls and 30 strategically-placed UV-C lightbulbs and hooks — the trailer is capable of sanitizing 180 masks in 10 minutes.

Plans are in the works to use the trailer to sanitize providers’ masks from SSM’s six other St. Louis-area hospitals as well as EMS teams — amounting to up 1,000 masks per day.

“Since we have this incredible trailer, we want to share this with other people in need,” Jolley said.

The trailer was designed and donated by PASCO in Maplewood. The 48-year-old family-owned business develops massive robotic packaging systems for everything from paint to pet food.

A conversation with a friend and emergency physician at Cardinal Glennon got PASCO Chief Operating Officer Jim Nardulli thinking about his company’s system to package eggs.

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