The Evolution of UVC Technology: Part One
Since the first and only randomized clinical trial on UVC disinfection was published in January 2017, a lot has changed in the industry and the way researchers are referring to the technology.
What once raised questions of its effectiveness is now being encouraged by notable researchers for facilities to adopt the technology and add enhanced UVC disinfection to their infection prevention protocols.
Backed by Notable Researchers
For instance, Dr. Deverick Anderson, lead researcher of the BETR-D study, stated, “I think it’s an important tool to have to prevent these infections from happening. All nine hospitals in the study, including our own here at Duke, have purchased these types of machines to continue to use even though the study has completed.”
Further, Dr. William Rutala in a presentation at AHE said, “Enhanced disinfection technology should be used. If you don’t already have it, you need it in your budgets. Minimally, you must add No Touch Technology to your manual cleaning practices upon discharge of a patient on contact or enteric contact isolation.”
“We need to say to our CFOs that we need these technologies, and we need to look at the data. The data shows a reduction in infections and we need to invest.”
While researchers are continuing to push for hospitals to adopt UVC disinfection technology, guidelines are being changed to urge hospitals to use enhanced disinfection technology.
The AHA and CDC recently published new guidelines, “Using the Health Care Physical Environment to Prevent and Control Infection,” which suggest best practices for cleaning and disinfection, including the use of no-touch disinfection technology. UVC is a type of no-touch disinfection with clinically-validated results in HAI reduction and ease of integration into hospital workflows. As prominent organizations such as the AHA, CDC and ASHE begin to stress the additional use of enhanced terminal room disinfection technology, we believe UVC disinfection will become a standard of care for health care facilities.
Stayed tuned for the next part of our series on the evolution of UVC disinfection. If you have questions about UVC disinfection, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.