Can UV light kill bacteria?

03 October 2019

Hospital commercial UV air conditioning system

A study published in the Journal of Infection Control shows that ultraviolet disinfection technology eliminates up to 97.7% of pathogens in the operating room. Ultra-violet light in the UV-C wavelength range (200 to 270 nano-meters) has microbiocidal properties against multiple healthcare associated pathogens.

The last thing anyone wants to experience is getting some sort of infection in a healthcare environment, such as an operating room, waiting room or hospital, while they’re already seeking medical care. This type of infection is known as a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), happens frequently. Certain factors can raise someone’s risk of developing an HAI; these include catheters, having surgery, getting a shot, and being in a healthcare setting that has not been properly disinfected. Overuse of antibiotics can play a part, as well as sick healthcare workers.

Some hospitals have already begun using UVC machines in addition to standard chemical disinfection to kill potentially dangerous bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

UV light definitely has its advantages, as it eliminates human error and other common pitfalls of chemical disinfecting agents. It also affects multiple surfaces within seconds and has a configuration that allows it to reach all sides of a piece of equipment. With the use of high-efficiency UV Lamp systems, it is now possible for In-Duct, Coil Mount and Stand-Alone systems to destroy high levels of airborne and surface bio-contaminants

What are the Benefits ?

Dramatically improve Indoor Air Quality by destroying airborne bio-contaminants

Reduce energy costs and saving money on coil cleaning

Reduce or eliminate unpleasant odours, which may result from outside air or re-circulated air within the building

Less employee absentees, resulting in greater work efficiency.

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