You invested in a UVC disinfection system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now what?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health care facilities started purchasing UVC disinfection systems for use on N-95 masks and other pandemic-specific initiatives. Now that the PPE shortage is behind us, and the world resumes some sense of normalcy, a lingering question is how are you leveraging your UVC disinfection device?
Despite cases of COVID-19 declining rapidly, there there is an increase in the incidence of C. diff, MRSA, VRE and other pathogens. For example, C. auris continues to be a threat, and CLABSI rates have increased particularly in the ICU setting. Adding enhanced disinfection to normal cleaning and disinfecting protocols can help create a cleaner environment with less risk of contamination of devices, tubes and ports.
Steps in implementing a successful UVC disinfection program:
Most importantly, there must be communication between Infection Prevention (IP) and Environmental Services (EVS) to identify the hospital’s most pertinent needs. Setting attainable goals between these two departments is important for accountability and establishing expectations. Assigning a champion and recognizing UVC disinfection as a top priority will assist in hardwiring a successful new program.
Working through logistics in the EVS department can be challenging when you first change your UVC program. Setting time aside to train new employees on the functionality of the UVC device and establishing expectations from the start are both critical. Don’t forget to communicate with other stakeholders, such as Bed Control and the units in which the devices will be used, to ensure everyone involved has a consistent message.
Consider adding UVC disinfection to other areas of your facility such as public bathrooms, employee work areas or procedural areas. These spaces can be disinfected with UVC on a rotational schedule, such as monthly or quarterly, to ensure they are receiving an extra layer of cleaning.
Benefit of partnering with Tru-D:
Tru-D SmartUVC’s Program Management team works with hospitals to build programs that have top-down communication among departments that is clearly understood among stakeholders. We train operators on the device as well as empower them to be Tru-D experts and share the importance of using the technology throughout the facility.
Additionally, documenting the usage of the Tru-D device against actual discharges is key to ensure all targeted rooms are being cycled. Our specialists follow utilization, identify when hospitals drop usage and provide additional training materials and guidance. This programmatic approach helps ensure a successful UVC disinfection program that results in pathogen reduction.
If you have recently implemented UVC in your hospital, we would love to know if you are meeting your goals or if you are interested in learning more. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with one of our Tru-D SmartUVC specialists today.