STERIS Introduces New Germicidal Ultraviolet Light Solution for Environmental Surfaces

Modern healthcare facilities offer the most advanced therapies and life-saving technology, yet they can also harbor potentially dangerous contamination. Aggressive pathogens have the potential to compromise the health of patients and staff, and can remain viable on environmental surfaces for extended periods. To add another tool to the arsenal of the environmental services team, STERIS now offers the PATHOGON UV Disinfection System, an automated, mobile system using germicidal ultraviolet light to reduce or kill pathogens on environmental surfaces.

In todays healthcare reform landscape, leaders seek solutions that will help them achieve and maintain high performance environments, says Jim Dacek, senior market development manager at STERIS. Microbial contamination of environmental surfaces can be an obstacle to safety, productivity and efficiency because it is a potential source of added illness, delay and cost. What you cant see, can indeed hurt you, in many ways. The impetus behind the PATHOGON UV Disinfection System was to find a quick, flexible, easy and effective solution for healthcare providers.

Germicidal UVC light has a proven history of reliable biocidal activity against a wide range of healthcare-associated pathogens. The PATHOGON system is designed for use as part of a complete cleaning and disinfection program, and has been shown to kill organisms such as Clostridium difficile, MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter baumannii, Klebsiella pneumoniae and others. The automated cycle times range from four to twenty-five minutes, depending on the targeted organism and the size of the space being treated. The process produces no ozone or secondary contaminants, and rooms can be re-occupied immediately after treatment.

There are distinct advantages for Customers who use the PATHOGON UV Disinfection System, adds Ted Mielnik, vice president global VHP application development. Adding this treatment as the final step in cleaning and decontamination protocols helps minimize risks associated with human error that can occur during standard cleaning processes. In addition, it is easy to operate and can help improve a facilitys infection control practices.

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Source: STERIS Corporation