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IMPORTANT FACTORS WHEN
EVALUATING UV TECHNOLOGIES
1. What is the hospital's goal in considering the integration
of UV light technology? Reduced infection rates? In what
5. Are there multiple third-party, peer-reviewed studies showing
a reduction in infections at hospitals using the UV system that
support the efficacy of the system being considered?
2. Does the UV vendor offer a comprehensive infection prevention program that includes a recommended operating
plan, implementation support, training, real-time utilization
reports and ROI analysis?
6. Has formal study been given to the benefits and burdens of
each type of device being considered? Have you spoken to
actual customers to validate vendor claims?
a. Mercury UV
b. Pulsed xenon UV (PX-UV)
3. What is the hospital's commitment to providing staffing to
operate the systems?
a. Does the hospital recognize that additional time will be
required to operate the systems?
b. Is the hospital committed to supporting the system to
its fullest capability, even if that means additional FTEs?
7. What's inside the UV device?
a. Do the bulbs require special handling for disposal?
b. What is the cost of replacement bulbs?
c. Does it take special training to replace the bulbs?
d. Do the bulbs need to be disposed of as hazardous waste?
4. Has a business plan for device utilization to meet HAI
reduction goals been developed and agreed upon by key
8. If a device were to be knocked over or if someone ran in to it,
would the breakage of the bulb(s) pose a safety hazard other
than broken glass?
9. What are the built-in safety features?
a. For staff
b. For patients
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10. Is the device monitored in real-time by the manufacturer?
a. For productivity
b. For maintenance
c. For safety issues
11. Are real-time results provided to the end-user in a timely
12. Does the device emit an unpleasant odor after being utilized?
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13. How many rooms per day can be disinfected (per device)? What
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disinfection. One study cites a reduction of up to 70 percent
even when no physical removal of visual dirt and debris is
previously removed. 3 However, as noted in the study, "adding
no-touch device (NTD) methods such as PX-UV light to standard manual disinfection would achieve superior disinfection"
in a collaborative effort of technician and robot. In fact, the
company that cites the 70-percent reduction is quick to point
out that its robot is only a part of the collaborative process
with environmental services workers.
Ultimately, if the importance of a collaborative effort is
ignored, it will negatively impact patient safety and outcomes.
A single position for a UV light machine is not enough, as
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Fall 2017
Message From the AHE President
The Effectiveness of UV-C Systems for Hospital Room Disinfection
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EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - Message From the AHE President
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EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - Exchange 2017
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EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - The Effectiveness of UV-C Systems for Hospital Room Disinfection
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EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - AHE News
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