UV Lighting for Hospitals – Eliminating up to 97.7 Percent of Pathogens
June 29, 2020
Hospitals are supposed to be meccas of health. After all, if you are ill or injured, you go to a hospital to receive care and begin regaining your health. That being said, that means hospitals are constantly being exposed to different pathogens that can infect others. Below, the experts here at Action Services Group explain how ultraviolet (UV) lighting for hospitals can help disinfect and sanitize not only tools, but entire areas.
Why Are Healthcare Organizations Using UV Lighting as a Sanitizer?
Reducing the likelihood of contracting a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) can go a long way in preventing others from contracting illnesses. Not only does this protect patients, but it also helps to protect medical professionals who encounter contagious illnesses daily.
Environmental Infection Rates
Studies have proven that certain environments make it more likely for an HAI to occur. According to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control, hospital rooms that were inhabited by a patient with a multi-drug resistant microorganism were 1.5 to 3.5 times more likely to infect a subsequent occupant. In fact, these same studies found that insufficient cleaning methods can result in 20 to 40 percent of all HAIs in a hospital. (Sadly, some estimates even claim that roughly 100,000 deaths occur each year as a result of HAIs.)
The Cost of HAI Infections
Infections threaten everyone’s health. However, they also escalate costs for hospitals and patients alike. A study published in Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research found that HAIs in the US results in a direct hospital cost that ranges between $28- and $45 billion every year. This is due to the increased duration of hospital stays, higher treatment costs, and fewer insurance reimbursements. In fact, some medical insurances began denying payment to hospitals for HAIs that occurred during the patient’s stay within the facility.
Hospital UV Light Sanitizer
UV-C light can be used to help sanitize surfaces, air, and tools in a hospital. UV-C light damages the DNA and RNA of microorganisms. Because of this, the microorganisms are not able to reproduce. UV-C light has proven to be germicidal and has become increasingly important to sanitation efforts. In 2018, the American Journal of Infection Control published a study evaluating the effectiveness of UV Lighting. A UV light technology was applied for 90-seconds to operating room surfaces that had not been manually cleaned. With over 3,000 microbiological samples from 100 different cases, the study found that the majority of all pathogens were completely eliminated.
As UV-C Lighting becomes more popular, the questions that arise become more complicated. For an in-depth view of UV Lighting, which includes industry-specific details, check out Germicidal UV-C Light: A Complete Explanation. If you have additional questions, email us at [email protected] and we will have our UV-C lighting experts reach out and answer them, or you can Schedule a Call by clicking the button below.
A UV Light Disinfection Program for Hospitals has Major Benefits
UV light disinfection for hospitals should be used in tandem with other manual cleaning processes. It is by no means a singular solution to reducing the spread of pathogens. However, it can significantly enhance sterilization and disinfection success when used in conjunction with these methods. Why?
- Inconsistent Cleaning Methods: Manual cleaning is not consistent. While employees may use the same products and procedures, the fact is that no two rooms or two people will ever clean an area in the exact same way. Regardless of how explicit training or procedural documents may be, human variations and errors will always occur. UV-C lighting can help prevent the issues that can arise from this and ensure that any residual or missed pathogens are eliminated.
- Chemical-Resistant Pathogens: Manual cleaning reduces but does not eliminate pathogens. In fact, certain pathogens can become immune to the use of chemical cleaners and, therefore, cannot be effectively eliminated from a surface. (According to a 2014 study contained within BMJ Journals, nearly 25 percent of manually cleaned surfaces were still contaminated with Methicillian-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). A highly contagious illness, this superbug has repeatedly proven to be chemically resistant and makes full disinfection hard.)
- Organisms May Last Months: Did you know the norovirus, amongst many others, can last up to 14 days on a surface without issues? Antibiotic-resistant organisms are notoriously long-lasting even when not inside the human body. However, research has demonstrated that UV-C lighting, in particular, has very promising germicidal properties.
- UV-C Enhances Manual Methods: Utilizing UV-C lighting compliments manual sanitation methods because it eliminates the germs that may be left behind. Not only can certain bacteria develop resistance to chemical cleaning agents, they can also be easily missed by porous clothes and wipes. Corners and other hard to reach surfaces may also be hard to thoroughly clean using manual methods. This is not so with a UV-C light, which can reach into even the tightest of surfaces. (UV light disinfection for hospitals is also a great “no-touch” solution that ensures human contact is limited while cleaning.)
- Meet Cleanliness Guidelines & Expectations: Patients and hospital staff expect a clean environment once they enter the facility. Combining manual cleaning methods with UV germicidal irradiation (UVGI), can ensure the maximum number of contaminants are eliminated.
We are sure you have more questions. Have you reviewed our Ultraviolet Lighting FAQ Page? The answers to your questions are probably on this page! If you can’t find the answer to your question, email us at [email protected] for the answer.
Hospital UV Lighting with Action Services Group
Action Services Group is ready to help your hospital with your UV lighting inquiries, products, and installations. If you have questions about how UV lighting can be used to sterilize and disinfect your hospital, contact Action Services Group today by calling 610-558-9773 or email [email protected].
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