Evaluation of an ultraviolet room disinfection protocol to decrease nursing home microbial burden, infection and hospitalization rates
Published: BMC Infectious Diseases, March 2017
Nursing home residents are at increased risk for acquiring infections. However, reduction of disease transmission in nursing homes has largely focused on interactions between workers and residents. This study sought to explore how the introduction of UV disinfection could reduce environmental contamination, as well as to the reduction of infection rates and infection-related hospitalizations.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers found that including pulsed-Xenon ultraviolet disinfection device significantly reduced microbes on environmental surfaces. The rates for hospital-acquired infections significantly decreased overall, for respiratory system infections, and skin/soft tissue infection rates. Furthermore, associated hospitalizations were also significantly decreased.