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Decreasing Infections: Testing A Protocol Utilizing Ultraviolet Irradiation To Decrease Nursing Home Infections

Research & Innovation February 24, 2017

People residing in nursing homes are at increased risk for infection. We are the first in the world to test pulsed xenon ultraviolet light in addition to manual cleaning in nursing homes to reduce microbial burden, infection rates, and comorbid problems associated with infection. This study demonstrated that the pulsed-xenon ultraviolet disinfection device is superior to manual cleaning alone for decreasing microbes on environmental surfaces, as well as decreasing infection rates, and the rates of hospitalization for infection.

Suggest that placing a stronger emphasis on environmental surface disinfection in long-term care organizations may decrease facility acquired infections. Read more about this study on the BioMed Central website.