UV Technology Implemented to Fight Infection-Causing PathogensApril 3, 2017
Multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) continue to be a problem among the nation’s healthcare facilities. As these infections continue to threaten patient populations, Memorial Healthcare is adding an extra innovative precaution to existing infection control protocols: the addition of ultraviolet (UV) technology to treat patient rooms and other key areas in the facility.
Memorial Healthcare purchased a Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV Enlight® System with funds raised through the Memorial Healthcare Foundation 2017 Annual Dinner Dance. This system uses UV light to kill microorganisms by inactivating their DNA, rendering them harmless and unable to replicate. The Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV Enlight® System was selected based on its ability to kill key organisms associated with increased hospital-acquired infections, its ease of use and its advanced data collection and reporting capabilities. The device is effective against a range of dangerous pathogens, including MRSA and C. difficile spores, in just five minutes at a distance of eight feet.
“Patient safety is a top priority at Memorial,” said Jim Barb, Vice President for Performance Improvement and Quality at Memorial Healthcare. “We chose to purchase a UV device as an added measure to help us prevent healthcare-associated infections and ensure the safest possible environment of care for our patients, staff and visitors. The device is able to treat areas that are difficult to clean manually and allows us to track which rooms have been treated for more accurate reporting.”
Memorial Healthcare uses the system to clean all operating rooms and patient isolation rooms between patients, and other patient rooms and public areas are treated on a rotating basis. The device is run after the environmental services team thoroughly cleans and disinfects each room with a chemical surface disinfectant product and the UV device is then used to supplement these efforts. In a typical patient room, the device is placed on both sides of the patient bed and turned on for five minutes in each position. It’s also placed in the patient bathroom for another five minute cycle. A similar process is followed for the ICU.
“With pathogens such as C. difficile able to survive on surfaces for months at a time, we felt it was important to adopt a comprehensive approach – combining manual surface disinfection with UV technology. Implementing new technology isn’t always easy and data collection and reporting can be time-consuming. We wanted to make sure that complying with external reporting requirements and internal tracking procedures wouldn’t take time away from infection prevention activities that protect patients at the bedside,” said Megan Smith, RN, Director of Quality and Safety at Memorial Healthcare. “We’ve found that the Optimum-UV Enlight® System’s smart data capabilities help do the heavy lifting and minimize workflow challenges so that UV can be seamlessly integrated and properly managed and tracked.”
The adoption of the UV devices have not only shown initial reductions in Memorial Healthcare’s already low infection rates, but also gives patients peace of mind that their safety is what is most important to our staff.
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