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Whole Room Disinfection Takes Off
COVID-19 has expedited the adoption of UV light and hydrogen peroxide misting technologies.
Benjamin Galvan, MLS(ASCP), CIC
Publish Date: April 14, 2022   |  Tags:   Infection Prevention
UV Machines
ROOM ROVERS Tampa General Hospital has an arsenal of portable UV light robots to help bolster its manual disinfection processes.   |   Tampa General Hospital
During the peak waves of the pandemic, facilities turned to the high-tech power of whole room disinfection systems that employ powerful ultraviolet (UV) light or hydrogen peroxide mist to supplement the superior surface cleaning needed to keep harmful pathogens out of ORs. While infection prevention professionals hoped this trend would naturally increase use of whole room disinfection, key factors such as cost and application times have caused some hesitation among facilities interested in adding the technology. Still, UV radiation and hydrogen peroxide misting systems are highly effective at inactivating microorganisms in surgical environments and ideal complements to robust manual cleaning and disinfection processes. If you’re considering a whole room disinfection system, here’s a straightforward look at what the latest iterations of this tech can do for you — as well as the challenges you’re likely to face in implementing it.
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