Candida auris Control Measures: Efficacy is Everything

Candida auris Control Measures: Efficacy is Everything

Since being first identified in 2009, C. auris, a multi drug resistant yeast (a type of fungus), has become a cause of severe infections worldwide. Often multidrug resistant, some common healthcare disinfectants are less effective at eliminating it. Furthermore, C. auris can be carried on the skin without causing infection, allowing it to be spread easily between patients. These facts lead the CDC to assign C. auris a threat level of Urgent – its highest designation. 

Controlling Candida auris transmission

Now, the recent rise in the occurrence of Candida auris (C. auris) has justifiably raised concerns about ensuring adequate control measures are being taken to inhibit its transmission. Consequently, the need to augment routine surface cleaning procedures with UV disinfection has gone from being nice-to have to a must-have. At the same time, minimizing procedure room turn-around time remains critically important to optimizing patient care, maximizing facility use and realizing full revenue potential. Meeting all these challenges is no small task but can be achieved with the use of UV technology.

According to the FDA, UVC radiation is a known disinfectant for air and nonporous surfaces. UVC radiation has effectively been used for decades to reduce the spread of bacteria and harmful pathogens. UVC dosing works to reach important areas within a treated room, including those in shadowed or hard-to-reach places. As an adjunct to manual cleaning, UVC ensures disinfection is as complete as possible.

UVC radiation can only inactivate a virus if the virus is directly exposed to the radiation. A UV disinfection system administers the specific dose of ultraviolet light needed to eradicate harmful pathogens in targeted areas of an operating room, emergency room, patient room, or other places of possible contamination. When bundled with manual cleaning and disinfection protocols, UVC radiation technology can significantly help reduce the potential for patient exposure to HAIs.

Of the two primary UVC system options – mobile and fixed – fixed mount systems offer the least inconvenience to optimal use of the room and can disinfect targeted areas of all harmful pathogens – including C. auris – in under two minutes, delivering absolute minimum downtime and speedy room turnover.

Preventing Candida auris – Time is of the Essence

Typically, a fixed-mount UVC System is specifically designed to the unique specifications of each room, optimizing transmission prevention efficacy. And unlike a mobile UV unit, a fixed mount system does not require staff to move a unit in, position it, monitor its process, reposition it, move the unit out, etc. – a true benefit in these times of seemingly perpetual staffing shortages – minimizing room turnaround time.

Precisely Measured Dosage, Promptly Delivered

The Steriliz RD-Fx™ Fixed Mount UVC System is the only fixed mount system on the market today that uses proprietary technology that features a remote wireless calibration sensor that ensures delivery of the most effective UV dose in the shortest period of time. This helps with utilizing the least amount of FTE resources. It’s just what you’d expect from the world leader in in UV technology. And it’s more affordable than you may expect as well.

Learn more about the RD-Fx™ Fixed Mount UVC System, how it can help you save time fighting transmission of pathogens – including C. auris – improve patient safety, room turnover times, and improve your bottom line.