Healthcare associated infections (HAIs), particularly those caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) represent a significant impact on patient morbidity and mortality and increase the financial burden on healthcare systems. Contaminated environmental surfaces have been shown to be an important source for transmission of HAIs. Effective cleaning and disinfection can decrease environmental pathogens, reducing the risk of infections, but hospital environments are complex, which can often result in cleaning that is inadequate.
To offset these challenges, adjunct technologies such as UV-C disinfection have been introduced to enhance the effectiveness of manual disinfection, particularly in hospital settings where healthcare- associated infections are of major concern. UV-C has long been proven as an effective technology to reduce contamination and the potential for infection by using short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions.
There are many UV-C devices offered in the market with varying designs. Since UV-C disinfection involves light waves, it is important to ensure these devices are in “line of sight” to those surfaces most likely to be contaminated or frequently touched in a patient environment. As demonstrated in several studies, the power and speed of UV-C disinfection can be impacted by distance and angle. The strength of the UV-C light decreases the further away it gets from the light source, following the inverse square law. Because of this, the design of the UV-C device can impact the strength of dose applied to surfaces, impacting the level and speed of disinfection.
Using the principles of physics, Moonbeam™3’s lightweight frame and individually adjustable, articulating arms allow it to be positioned at almost any angle to target the UV-C light, enabling improved UV-C dosing with reduced energy. Users can position the heads to optimize UV-C dosing of surfaces and equipment. This flexible device is easily positioned throughout a room or facility to enable fast and effective disinfection cycles.
Diversey's solution is noted for being highly innovative, portable and affordable by design, allowing for safe and targeted dosing of UV-C light to quickly and effectively kill harmful pathogens, including bacteria and C. difficile. When combined with proper and consistent manual cleaning and disinfection, UV-C disinfection technology has the power to reduce the spread of pathogens that can cause dangerous infections.