While traditional manual cleaning will always play a role in facility disinfection, its limitations are well known. The incidences of HAIs and SSIs in healthcare facilities around the globe speak to its shortcomings.
Traditional cleaning with EPA approved disinfectants remains standard practice, but multiple studies have shown that the manual disinfection of high touch surfaces in the patient environment is only around 50% effective, with pathogens being detectable after rooms are terminally cleaned.Viable pathogens can survive for weeks to months in the hospital environment and have been found on equipment, healthcare workers’ hands, high-touch surfaces, and even in the homes of nurses.There is an increased risk to patient safety if the prior patient in a room has had an HAI.
Clearing up the UV-Clean confusion
It’s clear that a more effective and efficient, automated disinfection method that has the power and speed to kill pathogens with less reliance on manual cleaning is needed. Studies have shown that enhanced environmental disinfection using UV light can reduce the rate of HAIs.However, not all light is equally effective in the eradication of pathogens. Low pressure mercury vapor technology emits continuous uvclean at one wavelength (253.7nm). This single wavelength of low intensity, continuous UV is not the most effective wavelength to create pathogen damage.