Next Gen UV Technology Validated by Science
In a far-reaching hospital-wide study of the effectiveness of implementing portable UV disinfection systems using dedicated, trained disinfection teams from Clean Sweep Group Inc., the next generation UV technology by IPT was found to reduce incidences of healthcare-acquired infections hospital-wide by 34%.
The peer-reviewed UV disinfection study1, the first to examine the benefit of using portable UV disinfection robots facility-wide, was conducted over a 6-month period at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, Calif., and included all 125 patient rooms for a total of 18,184 patient days. Results of the study were published in the December 2015 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. ( 1 The effectiveness of UV-C radiation for facility-wide environmental disinfection to reduce health care–acquired infections; Nathanael A. Napolitano, MPH, Tanmay Mahapatra, MBBS, Weiming Tang, MD, PhD, August 12, 2015)
HAI exposure in the rooms was measured before terminal cleaning, after terminal cleaning and after use of the IPT 3200 disinfection robot by dedicated disinfection personnel.
Results showed that terminal cleaning by housekeeping staff provided no statistical difference in the number of HAI-causing organisms. However, there were significantly fewer positive environmental cultures collected after UV disinfection with the IPT™ 3200 UV robot.
The study, independently designed and authored, with no input from IPT, incorporated several elements that distinguished it from prior UV disinfection research:
- All patient rooms were included in the study, as opposed to just acute care rooms, to measure the overall HAI reduction and potential cost-savings;
- IPT shareholders were not involved in the study;
- UVC dosing and duration of treatment was automatically determined and executed by the next generation IPT 3200 UV technology;
- UVC treatment, scheduling and reporting data were recorded by the cloud-based IPT data and job monitoring tool, Steri-Trak™;
- The IPT 3200m UV robot successfully treated rooms of various sizes and configurations and the hidden shadow areas of the rooms, in a single cycle, without repositioning of the unit.
Here are a few other prior independent studies that also confirm the benefit of using UVC disinfection:
- Study Finds Ultraviolet Cleaning Reduces Hospital Superbugs by 20 Percent, Infection Control Today, May 28, 2014
- Study Shows Effectiveness of Ultraviolet Light in Hospital Infection Control, Infection Control Today, Oct. 25, 2012
- The Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room (BETR) Disinfection Study: A Cluster Randomized, Multicenter Crossover Study with 2x2 Factorial Design to Evaluate the Impact of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection on Acquisition and Infection Caused by Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDRO), Oral Abstract Session: SHEA Featured Abstract, Oct. 9, 2015
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