What is UVC Disinfection?
UVC radiation is a known disinfectant for air and nonporous surfaces, according to the FDA. UVC technology deploys UV light to penetrate the cell walls of spores, bacteria and viruses, and renders harmful pathogens unable to reproduce and spread. UVC radiation has effectively been used for decades to reduce the spread of bacteria and harmful pathogens. When bundled with manual cleaning and disinfection protocols, this technology significantly helps to reduce the presence of harmful pathogens.
UVC Disinfection Can Help Speed Patient Room Turnaround Time
Disinfection takes time, but the right UVC system can help speed up the process by reducing the presence of harmful pathogens in a shorter period of time. This allows for room turnover to happen at a faster rate. In addition to manual cleaning, it’s crucial to have a system that will deliver the correct dose of UVC in the fastest time possible. This can help organizations generate greater revenue through increased patient turnaround and surgical procedures.
UVC Helps Disinfect Hard-to-Reach Surfaces
With manual cleaning methods, some spots get missed. This could be because areas are hard to reach or that medical equipment and patient beds can cast shadows. Not all rooms are the same shape and size. UVC systems that measure a delivered UVC dose address variables such as room shape and other obstacles that might prevent areas from being disinfected.
Reporting & Measurement for Compliance
Tracking treatment data, monitoring effectiveness, and sharing with necessary stakeholders is an important function of UVC light technology. UVC systems enable managers to check real-time status to ensure that disinfection is being done properly and efficiently.
How to Choose the Best UVC System
UVC radiation can only inactivate a virus if the virus is directly exposed to the radiation for a specific time and delivered dose. Some UVC systems don’t administer the proper dose to effectively eradicate a virus and often miss areas that may contain dangerous pathogens. The right UVC system should accurately measure the delivered UVC dose and include patented, remote UVC sensors and a “pause and reposition” feature that ensure that targeted areas of the room have received the optimal dosage needed to kill harmful pathogens. These features help to address obstacles that might prevent areas from being disinfected.
In addition to measuring the delivered UVC doses, other important functions include: tracking treatment data, monitoring effectiveness, and sharing critical data with necessary stakeholders. The best UVC solutions help staff quickly and efficiently disinfect crucial treatment areas, thereby improving room turnover times and quickly returning rooms to service.
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