UV-C disinfection technology continues making waves

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UV-C technology continues to make waves across the world, providing a higher level of disinfection and safety than ever before.

Ultraviolet (UV) means “beyond violet” and refers to a range of electromagnetic waves with a shorter wavelength (higher frequency and energy) than visible violet light. These ultraviolet waves are used in healthcare and beyond.1

We all know we are surrounded by harmful viruses and superbugs, most times they are seemingly invisible to the naked eye. In healthcare facilities, hospitals and other care environments, it has never been more important to deploy the use of UV-C disinfection.

Studies have confirmed that UV-C light is an effective addition to manual cleaning efforts and can kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi quickly and efficiently. Exposure to UV-C light for a specific length of time and intensity kills dangerous microorganisms. The American Journal of Infection Control notes that combining UV-C technology with manual cleaning is one of the most effective ways to significantly decrease the pool of harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause HAIs (healthcare-acquired infections).

Traditional, manual hospital cleaning protocols are often insufficient in stopping the spread of bacteria, viruses and fungi and leave room for error in technique and chemical application. With the use of UV-C disinfection in hospitals or any facility, the correct germicidal dose is thoroughly delivered to all surfaces, lowering infection rates and costs.

So how does UV-C kill microorganisms? UV-C disinfection, also known as ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) works by breaking down certain chemical bonds and scrambling the structure of DNA, RNA, and proteins, causing a microorganism to be unable to multiply. When a microorganism is unable to multiply, it is considered dead since it cannot reproduce.

UV light is measured in nanometres (nm), and specific wavelengths are required to kill viruses and microorganisms. UV-C energy is a wavelength range of Ultraviolet energy spanning 200-280 nanometres (nm).

The UV spectrum is commonly divided into UV-A (wavelengths of 400 nm to 315 nm), UV-B (315 nm to 280 nm), and UV-C (280 nm to 200 nm). UV-C energy provides the most germicidal effect.2

This technology has the ability to bring down infection rates in healthcare, protecting both staff and patients. There is a range of solutions available including single-cycle, whole-room disinfection UV-C robots, Upper Air UV-C disinfector units and UV-C cabinets for disinfecting objects and equipment.

We have a range of UV-C disinfection solutions. Get in touch and one of our team would be happy to talk through which solutions will best suit your needs.

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