Research Articles

Enhanced Benefits of UV for Infection Control

Microbial Load on Environmental Surfaces: The Relationship Between Reduced Environmental Contamination and Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infections

Published: Open Forum Infectious Diseases, October 2016


Disinfection of environmental surfaces has become an increasingly important component of infection control due to the risk of transmission of illnesses from contaminated fomites of epidemiologically important pathogens, such as MRSA, VRE, C. diff, and Acindetobacter.


Researchers at Duke University and the UNC Schools of Medicine found an additional 94% reduction in epidemiologically important pathogens when UV was added to the standard use of quaternary compound disinfectants. This resulted in a 35% decrease in colonization/infection.