The computers at nurse’s stations, patient rooms and mobile workstations are used 24 hours a day. They are rarely manually wiped down or disinfected and there is seldom training or documented procedures around cleaning of computer workstations. Housekeeping, nursing and IT dispute over who is responsible for the computer workstation cleaning, making computer workstations one of the dirtiest places in healthcare contributing to the prevalence of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) that lead to morbidity, mortality and excess healthcare expenditure.

A way to expand cleaning protocols is with the advent of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection devices. Used as early as 1878 by Arthur Downes and Thomas P. Blunt, the short wavelength light was investigated to sterilise bacteria. Since then, UV light has been used in air and water treatment and as a surface disinfectant of fruit and vegetables. The short wavelength of UVC (between 200 and 280 nm), is considered germicidal and can inactivate bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms by damaging their DNA to prevent the spread of HAIs..

Continuing advancements in automation in all industries have led to increased productivity, efficiency, reliability, and confidence in effectiveness. Automation in infection control, specifically in using UVC automated disinfection devices, is an enhancement to traditional infection control practices that require human intervention, accuracy, and reliability. Ultimately this automation can significantly reduce HAIs.

New no-touch decontamination technologies can offer benefits for disinfecting high touch surfaces in a healthcare environment such as in-room computer workstations, mobile workstations, and portable medical equipment. Multiple studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of UV light to reduce HAIs, and specifically no touch methods, including UV devices, have confirmed their ability to reduce HAIs on high touch surfaces.

Point-of-care UV units like UV-CLEAN are attached to or positioned above high touch surfaces. The unit provides automated cleaning cycles of UVC light to inactivate microorganisms at the genetic level by damaging their DNA. A built-in motion sensor enables the unit to safely emit UVC light to disinfect when in-room workstations, stationary equipment, and mobile equipment are not in use and no motion is detected.

The efficacy of UV-CLEAN as an automated, UV disinfection unit reducing bacterial burden on high touch surfaces in and out of a patient’s room, has been demonstrated in various studies. When used as a complement to existing cleaning protocols, UV-CLEAN can safely target high touch surfaces with no disruption to patient care or staff workflow and to ensure disinfection is continuously taking place.

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