Ensuring the health of America’s military personnel, defense and homeland security staff, TSA agents, and healthcare providers is critical to the safety of our nation. In the United States, there are 1.3 million active-duty personnel, 17.4 million veterans, 50,000 TSA agents, and 240,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security. More than nine million veterans are served each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs and military health care facilities include 1,074 outpatient sites and 170 VA Medical Centers. Given the sheer size of these groups, minimizing the opportunity for HAI’s and infection spread should be a top concern for leaders. Now more than ever it is critical to ensure that infectious diseases do not spread from surface to surface, room to room, and between patients. UV light offers the military base an ideal disinfection solution.
Combatting Infections at a Military Base with a Bundled Approach
The threat of harmful pathogens can be found throughout any military medical facility. To fight these pathogens, it is vital to come up with a bundled infection prevention plan that specifically addresses military and defense patient populations, and potential risks. A bundled infection prevention incorporates multiple infection prevention tools, is easy to implement, is comprehensive, and effective.
A first line of defense is hand washing and consistent glove protocol for all military base healthcare staff. These are two of simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections at surgical centers. Manual cleaning and disinfection is another key element of a bundled infection prevention approach. It’s important, however, to also ensure surfaces are cleaned within the waiting room, procedure rooms, and check-in/-out areas. In reducing environmental bioburden, potential contribution to the incidence of healthcare-associated infections is decreased.
Cleaning and disinfection will reduce, but often does not eliminate, dangerous pathogens.This is where adding the best infection prevention technology, including UVC disinfection, to a bundled approach becomes essential. Read the New England Journal of Medicine’s report on how bunding infection prevention is a key factor behind the national 25% drop in C.diff burden.
Why UV Disinfection for Military Healthcare Facilities?
Studies have confirmed that UV light is an effective addition to manual cleaning efforts and can kill harmful pathogens quickly and efficiently. In fact, The American Journal of Infection Control notes that combining UVC technology with manual cleaning is one of the most effective ways to significantly decrease the pool of harmful pathogens that cause infection.
Exposure to UVC light kills dangerous microorganisms. The proper dosage of UVC light — for a specific length of time and intensity — can be used to quickly and efficiently disinfect operating room areas and other high-traffic spaces within an outpatient surgical center. The most effective UVC system will measure the actual dosage of UVC delivered to targeted areas throughout a room. This enhances efficacy when compared to time-based UVC exposure.
Better disease prevention is also proven to help save money. One study showed that a 20% reduction in C.diff cases using RD UVC could save the average hospital more than $1.3 million annually in healthcare costs; military health operations can expect similar fiscal results.
Recruiting the Right UVC System for Your Military Needs
UVC dosing works to reach all areas within a treated room, including those in shadowed or hard-to-reach places. By penetrating areas that manual cleaning and other technology cannot, The RD UVC system ensures disinfection is as complete as possible. Specifically for the diverse needs of military, DoD, TSA and Homeland Security facilities, RD UVC can be implemented either as a mobile or fixed system.
The RD UVC Mobile System has a unique “pause and reposition” feature that helps operators ensure every area of the room has received optimal dosage. RD UVC uses proven, patented remote sensors throughout a room that measure and ensure delivery of published UVC doses at all points of disinfection every time. This technology also enables staff to more quickly disinfect and return rooms to service.
The RD-Fx™ Fixed Mount System delivers an ultra-fast and effective UVC dose for killing harmful pathogens without having to be moved or positioned with each use. The wall mounted system enables rooms to be disinfected between patient cases in as little as two minutes. After delivery, it can be installed by any licensed electrician using the RD-Fx™ Fixed Mount System installation manual and Steriliz team support. The powerful, cloud-based reporting system, uniquely configured for your space by Steriliz experts, provides unrivaled accountability and compliance reporting.
In addition, RD UVC Mobile System and RD-Fx™ Fixed Mount System are the only UVC disinfection systems that record and report a calibrated dose delivered—in real-time—ensuring you have the proof of compliance data needed for potential oversight audits. Critical information like date, time, operator, room number, cycle time and delivered dose is captured to ensure delivery infection preventing UVC doses throughout the space.
One-Two Punch…UVC Disinfection on Surfaces and in the Air
With the CDC’s recent report that Coronavirus can remain infective for up to 16 hours in respirable-sized aerosols, military leaders need to consider disinfection of not just surfaces, but the air in their facility as well. The RD UVC Mobile System and the RD-Fx™ Fixed Mount System address both surface and airborne bioburdens and help keep patients and workers safe in any military health office settings.
Reduce Infections. Ensure Patient & Staff Safety.
Deploying the best UVC hospital room disinfection system can strengthen the infection prevention plan for any site that serves military personnel, defense and homeland security staff, TSA agents, and the healthcare providers that work in these facilities. UV disinfection systems can:
- Act as an adjunct to manual cleaning to help reduce the pool of pathogens present in the patient environment
- Lessen the human error factor by delivering proven, measured doses of UV light to eradicate pathogens
- Improve patient care confidence
- Proactively reduce the additional costs incurred with treating preventable HAIs
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