Researchers Test Real-World Application of UV Disinfection
This report reviews the efforts of researchers at Duke University Medical Center who are testing the real-world application of an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system to control and eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Duke is part of a 28-month study examining how using an automated UV-C-emitting device may improve patient outcomes and quality of care. The study covers nine hospitals – tertiary-care facilities at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, six community hospitals and the Durham VA Medical Center. All facilities are using Lumalier's TRU-D SmartUVC room disinfection system.
This research endeavors to address how germicidal UV-C light can target hospital rooms that have the highest risk of harboring C. diff, VRE, MRSA and Acinetobacter. Specifically, the researchers are looking at four scenarios: Cleaning a room with only bleach; cleaning a room using only quaternary products; cleaning a room with the TRU-D system and bleach; and cleaning a room with the TRU-D system and quaternary products. The outcomes of this research study, which will wrap up this summer, will help add to the current knowledge of pathogen control and elimination and further build upon existing evidence that automated UV-C emitters can enhance disinfection of the hospital environment.
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