Surface and air: What impact does UV-C at the room level have on airborne and surface bacteria?

Canadian Journal of Infection Control

Author: Linda D.Lee, DrPH, MS, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Vidashield

Short-wave ultraviolet light (UV-C) is known to have the ability to render bacteria inert. Scientists theorized that using UV-C in a continuous fashion at room level would not only lower the amount of bacteria circulating in the air, but also lessen the amount of bacteria found on surfaces in the same space.

UV-C light and infection rate in a long term care ventilator unit

Canadian Journal of Infection Control

Author: Douglas W.Kane, MD, Cynthia Finley, RRT, Diane Brown, RRT

This six-month study examined the effect of continuous ultraviolet radiation (UV-C) at the room level on incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The study, conducted in a long-term care ventilator unit, counted each antibiotic start as an infection. The primary outcome measure was infection rate, calculated as infections/1000 patient days.