The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched an open call for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances, as part of the national effort against Covid-19.

It currently takes up to 45 minutes to clean an ambulance after transporting a suspected Covid-19 patient. Some ambulance cleaning centres are a significant distance from their base or hospitals, adding strain to the already pressurised NHS as the vehicles cannot be used again until cleaning is completed.

DASA is now seeking industry help to identify rapid sanitising technology solutions that can be demonstrated in a live trial on an ambulance. Solutions must be suitable for rapid deployment to clean public sector vehicles following the transport of patients with the Covid-19 virus.

Solutions that are mobile, robust, reliable and easy to operate are of particular interest. It is hoped their deployment can extend beyond ambulances to other emergency services or potentially hospital wards. The open call lasts until 1 April 2020.