Patients rely on hospitals to help them heal, but with patient demographics and a patient volume that can change on any given day, the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is real. According to the CDC, one in 31 hospital patients will battle an HAI—that’s approximately 1.7 million patients infected every year in the U.S. Now more than ever it is critical that hospitals ensure that infectious diseases do not spread from surface to surface, room to room, floor to floor, and between departments.
Collaboration of Environmental Services and Infection Prevention Teams
Environmental Services (EVS) teams play a critical role in a hospital’s infection control efforts. Supported by hospital administrators and Infection Prevention (IP) leaders, EVS groups are responsible for deploying infection prevention measures that reduce the spread of HAIs. Administrators and IP leaders are responsible for establishing disinfection protocols and providing the tools and resources to get the job done efficiently while taking less time and consuming fewer resources. This can include a handwashing policy for patient care, disinfection procedures for emergency departments, operating rooms, and patient rooms, and utilizing equipment such as UV light disinfection systems.
Why UV Light Disinfection for Your Hospital?
Studies have confirmed that UVC light is an effective addition to manual cleaning efforts and can kill harmful pathogens quickly and efficiently. Exposure to UVC light for a specific length of time and intensity kills dangerous microorganisms. 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 HAIs.
The RD UVC system can be deployed throughout the healthcare environment. It can supply proper dosing to all points of interest in any hospital room, including shadowed areas. In addition, RD UVC is the only UVC disinfection system that measures, records and reports the UVC dosage delivered—in real-time—ensuring your EVS and IP teams have the proof of compliance data needed for efficacy reporting. 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.
Rochester General Hospital saw a 56% reduction in their New York State risk-adjusted C. diff rates between 2011-2015 and a 46% reduction between 2012 and 2015 when patient rooms where terminally cleaned and UVC disinfected.American Journal of Infection Control
Reduce Infections, Increase Savings
Employing a UVC hospital room disinfection system to combat cross-contamination and the spread of healthcare-associated infections can strengthen the multi-room infection control plan of any hospital or healthcare facility. 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
- Proactively reduce the additional costs incurred with treating preventable HAIs
- Improve patient care confidence in the hospital
One study showed that a 20% reduction in C. difficile using RD UVC could save the average hospital more than 1.3 million in healthcare costs.
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