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Peter Gordon
Posted 12 months ago
Use of germicidal ultraviolet light to instantly, chealply, and efficacious disinfect hands of nurses, doctors and consumers world-wide
Hi Jeff, Bingo. The current fad of applying UVC to room surface disinfection iafter a pateint is discharged s full of gaps and limitations. some of which you point out. There are many more. The marketeers of such systems are proferred band aids and fixes, but the whole premise is flawed. The key is to provide ongoing disinfeciotn of key touch surface DURING room occupancy. These will be explore more during the upcoming IUVA workshop and panel discusssion. One possible intervention duirng patient occupancy is the cornerstone of global infeciton prevention - proper hand disinfeciton. Since all surfaces are contaminated and the hands are the conveyor belt to transfer the pathogens from those surfaces to the susceptible patient. Current practice, even when done per instructions on the labels, and with the vigilance of the WHO recommendatrions falls well short of proper practice. UVC has the potential to fix this and has been shown to safely, efficacious, and less expensively enable Proper hand disinfection.
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Peter Gordon
Posted 12 months ago
Use of germicidal ultraviolet light to instantly, chealply, and efficacious disinfect hands of nurses, doctors and consumers world-wide
For more information on the use of germicidal UVC in healthcare settings see IUVA event: UVC for infection prevention panel discussion. To be held on September 21st. UVC for bare and gloved disinfection has been demonstrated to be both safe and efficacious. Many exposure to UVC will not cause cancer - biophysically impossible - but it can induce erythema if the skin is not properly protected. That is an important part of the solution. UVA and UVB cause cancer. How is skin protected from these wavelengths in everyday life? UVC inactivation does not mutate, it renders pathgoens unable to reproduce. There is no chance of bacteria, virus, and spore becoming immune. UVC inactivation of infectious pathogens in hosptials (as well as in food processing plants and perfhaps everyday life )is important since infections can cause death and no doubt cost billions of dollars to remedy. Dangerous pathogens are just that, dangerous. Susceptibel patients, the elderly, and children can do perfectly well avoiding these germs. The key point - and why TED exists - is that innovation needs to be explained and fostered, and then commercialized and adopted to solve what before seemed like intractable problems. Hand Hygiene as currently practice in hospitals is problematic leading to an intractable problem, acquired infections. So innovation is necessary to solve this problem. Keep the questions coming and follow the event on social media sites.