Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections by using UV light
Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) are a serious matter for individuals who get admitted to hospitals for some or another kind of treatment. They are prone to nosocomial infections, which affect one in ten individuals who stay in hospitals for treatments or people who come into contact with them, such as family members who stay with them during hospitalization, and healthcare staff.
What makes nosocomial infections deadly is that patients can be vulnerable to these infections in the first 48 hours of their admission, but also up to a month after discharge. Nosocomial infections can happen in not only patients and those who stay with them in the hospital, but also those who could come into contact with them up to 30 days after their discharge.
Hospitals and other caregiving facilities are under severe pressure to check nosocomial infections, because just about any part of the healthcare facility could be a source of these infections. What is more; there is very little time that the facility has to carry out a cleanup operation between each discharge and the next admission. Sanitizing a room completely without allowing the infection absolutely any chance of a recrudescence is thus a very major challenge.
The fact that hospitals are rated for the speed and effectiveness with which they check their levels of nosocomial infections is another fact that keeps them on their toes constantly.
UV light as a feasible solution
A practical solution that works effectively in the backdrop of these severe constraints can be found in ultraviolet light, a specific part of the electromagnetic spectrum of light that offers bactericidal effects. When used as a disinfectant, UV light can be powerful, as well as affordable and efficient.
Although ultraviolet rays are divided into UV-A, UV-B and UV-C rays; the wavelengths in the UV-C spectrum, specifically 254 nm, has the greatest germicidal potential, which makes UV-C highly effective against many organisms that are highly prevalent in the healthcare industry, such as MRSA, VRE, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. UV-C rays are powerful enough to destroy 99% of harmful organisms and spores within minutes of exposure with a dry, chemical-free, and residue-free method of disinfection.
UV-C works by altering, by photolytic processes, the nuclei of the cells of a micro-organism that is exposed to UV-C. This process prevents further replication, leading to cell death. This quality fits with the requirements of most hospitals which struggle with limited cleaning time.
Get to learn the ways of UV-C rays
The deeper aspects of how to utilize UV rays, especially UV-C rays for hospital settings will be discussed in depth at a webinar that is being organized by MentorHealth, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance. Paul Lorcheim, a Licensed Professional Engineer, who is the Director of Operations for ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc. where he is responsible for directing the commercialization and manufacturing of various decontamination and sterilization equipment for the pharmaceutical, life science, health care, and food industries; will be the speaker at this webinar.
To gain insights into the ways by which UV-C rays can be used to eliminate HAI at healthcare settings; please register for this webinar.
Paul will detail the risks factors for developing HAI’s. Apart from discussing the benefits of technology in combating the spread of disease; Paul will also explain how to disinfect a hospital facility in simple, quick, safe, and effective manner using UV-C light systems. Since a healthcare setting has the risk for infection from a vast number of places; he will describe the wide range of platforms where UV-C light can be applied using different and targeted products and routes, such as rooms, chambers tight space and air flow. He will also show how to log these activities for efficient utilization of these technologies, apart from also talking about the challenges these methods bring with them.
Hospital staff in positions such as Infection Control; Hospital or LTC Administration; Quality and Housekeeping, will derive maximum value from this session. Paul will cover the following areas at this webinar:
o Overview of UV-C light disinfection
o Applications within a hospital
o Explanation of UV-C products
o Limitations of UV-C.
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Date Posted: 02 Nov 2017