Source – Health Protection Agencynurseswatch
Hygiene and Infection Control is of paramount importance in Healthcare facilities. The elimination of infection risk, whether to patients or health care professionals, is regarded as a priority. Patients in areas such as Intensive Care Units, Isolation Wards, Burns Units, Neutropenics and Chemotherapy are particularly at risk from cross infection.
It is now well known that infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis, MRSA, C. Difficile and Norovirus can be spread by airborne transmission in addition to physical transportation (e.g. on hands, clothing & surgical instruments). Given these facts, it is not surprising that health care authorities around the world are continuously seeking new ways of controlling the problem.
Given the apparent limitations of conventional methods of hospital infection control to stem the rise in nosocomial infections, there is a pressing need to develop alternative approaches of control. The problem is compounded by the fact that many of the micro-organisms responsible, such as MRSA, are multiple antibiotic resistant. Moreover, outbreaks of multiple drug resistant TB have occurred in the UK in recent years.
UV-C is highly effective against many pathogenic micro-organisms and has the potential for reducing the spread of airborne infections in healthcare facilities.
UV-C disinfection is a proven technology that has been employed by healthcare facilities for more than 75 years.