The evolution of UVC disinfection: Successful real-world programs
This is the second part of a series on the evolution of UVC technology over the past few years. To read part one, click here.
Notable hospitals, hospital systems and university research facilities have implemented UVC disinfection technology and seen impressive results. Read about two particular success stories below.
Oneida Healthcare invested in Tru-D in 2016 to drive its already low infection rates further down. Before implementing Tru-D, the facility’s C. diff rate was .61; by 2017, it dropped significantly to .18—a 70% decrease. “Though actual cost savings from HAI avoidance can be difficult to quantify, we know from national statistics that HAIs can cost an average of $15,000, so we do believe those savings are real,” said Mary Parry, Chief Operating Officer of Oneida Healthcare. Tru-D is used in Oneida’s operating rooms at end-of-day cleaning as well as in isolation discharge cases.
Providence St. Peter Hospital
After implementing and completing a successful pilot program at Providence St. Peter, the hospital invested in UVC disinfection in 2017. Through a bundled approach to infection prevention, the facility saw its SSI rate drop to zero by March 2018. In addition to UVC disinfection, the hospital tested UVC-reflective paint. Results proved that using UVC-reflective coating decreased cycle time for MRSA with a 4.6 log10 reduction from 25 minutes 13 seconds to 5 minutes 3 seconds. Further, for C. diff spores, there was a 2.91 log10 reduction with the reflective coating, and cycle time decreased from 43 minutes 42 seconds to 9 minutes 24 seconds.
Individual hospital results may vary. The BETR-D randomized clinical trial showed a cumulative 30% reduction in the relative risk of colonization and infection when paired with 93% compliance with standard disinfection protocols. Click for more details.
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