Manufacturers of ultraviolet (UV) and hydrogen peroxide (HP) disinfection systems continue to upgrade their systems to meet the specialized needs of hospitals. In addition, applications are increasing and spreading to other areas of the hospital.

No-touch enhanced disinfection methods have become commonplace in the past few years for two reasons, says Chuck Dunn, president and CEO, Tru-D SmartUVC LLC, Memphis. “First, hospitals face Medicare reimbursement cuts for the number of patients who are affected by health care-associated infections  (HAIs) or for readmissions. Second, a recent large-scale, multisite, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded, randomized clinical trial concluded that a combination of manual cleaning and measured-dose UV light results in a 30 percent reduction of infections for patients who stay in rooms previously occupied by infected patients.”

David St. Clair, chairman, Halosil International Inc., New Castle, Del., says that since the Halo Disinfection System (HDS) received the Environmental Protection Agency’s  whole-room surface disinfection label for a 99.9999 percent kill of Clostridium difficile spores in 2013, the company has seen market adoption rise dramatically. The HDS is now distributed to health care facilities nationwide and internationally.

For more, read the full story from our sister magazine, Health Facilities Management.