Research Articles

Pulsed UV Significantly Reduces Infection Rates Across Healthcare System

Impact of a multi-hospital intervention utilising screening, hand hygiene education and pulsed xenon ultraviolet (PX-UV) on the rate of hospital associated meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection

Published: Journal of Infection Prevention, September 2013
Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258126701_Impact_of_a_multi-hospital_intervention_utilising_screening_hand_hygiene_education_and_pulsed_xenon_ultraviolet_PX-UV_on_the_rate_of_hospital_associated_meticillin_resistant_Staphylococcus_aureus_infe

Background

Infection control, including prevention of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), typically requires a multi-pronged approach, including improved hand hygiene and improved environmental disinfection. This study researched the effect of incorporating pulsed UV for terminal cleaning of rooms, along with hand hygiene education in an acute care hospital system.

Results

After incorporating pulsed UV for terminal cleaning in MRSA patient rooms and adding a hand hygiene education program, the rates of hospital associated MRSA decreased by 57% for a large facility, and by 56% for the entire healthcare system.