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the surfaces actually exposed to direct,
line-of-sight UV light disinfection in the
study represent a minor amount of space
in relation to the entirety of a patient
room if the robot is not moved to multiple
positions. UV devices must be moved to
multiple positions in a room in order to

provide the greatest efficacy. Some companies require that two and even three
machines be used to avoid relocation
of the units, but the question must still
be asked: "Are the high-touch surfaces
being treated properly even with two
machines?" How does one disinfect both

"There is no nationally
or universally
accepted definition
for the word "clean,"
and that's a problem.
To the general public,
"clean" means free
from dirt, dust, grime
and yucky stuff."
sides of a nurse call button or cabinet with
only one treatment?
The answers regarding UV disinfection
are not simple. Like most tools when used
properly and limitations understood, a UV
system can add value, safety and more
thorough disinfection than when a UV
system is not used. UV disinfection is part
of a multimodal process, but one must ask
the right questions and carefully evaluate
the peer-reviewed evidence about actual
infection rate reductions in order to select
the right system.
As you begin your journey in search
of the ideal system that will yield the ultimate result-bringing down your facility's
infection rates and enhancing the safety of
patients and hospital workers-consider
the issues we've discussed as well as the
questions on page 12 to help you guide
your decision-making.

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John Scherberger, BS,
FAHE, CHESP, is President,
Board of Directors,
Healthcare Laundry
Accreditation Council.

1. "Labor vs. new technology: Can a robot process a
hospital room as completely as a human?"
Explore, Fall 2015. http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/
2. "Can pulsed xenon ultraviolet light systems disinfect aerobic bacteria in the absence of manual
disinfection?" American Journal of Infection Control,
April 1, 2015. http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/
3. "Is the pulsed xenon ultraviolet light no-touch
disinfection system effective on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the absence of manual
cleaning?" American Journal of Infection Control, August
1, 2015.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Fall 2017

Message From the AHE President
Exchange 2017
The Effectiveness of UV-C Systems for Hospital Room Disinfection
AHE News
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - Intro
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - bellyaband1
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - bellyaband2
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - cover1
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - cover2
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 3
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 4
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 5
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - Message From the AHE President
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 7
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - Exchange 2017
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 9
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - The Effectiveness of UV-C Systems for Hospital Room Disinfection
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 11
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 12
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 13
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 14
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 15
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - AHE News
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 17
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - 18
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - cover3
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - cover4
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - outsert1
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - outsert2
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - outsert3
EXPLORE - Fall 2017 - outsert4