Trinity Taking Environmental Disinfection To Next Level With New UV-C Light

August 27, 2015 12:43 p.m.

Trinity Health System recently purchased a Surfacide Helios disinfection system to add to the arsenal of infection prevention practices used to combat healthcare-associated infections.

Healthcare-associated infections are among the most common complications of hospital care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 of every 25 hospitalized patients in the United States has a healthcare-associated infection. These infections can lead to significant morbidity and mortality, with more than 90,000 lives lost each year.

The Surfacide Helios system utilizes ultraviolet (UV-C) light energy, an evidenced-based disinfection modality, for killing microorganisms on environmental surfaces. These microorganisms can lead to healthcare-associated infections including multi-drug resistant organisms or “superbugs” such as C.diff, MRSA, VRE, CRE, Acinetobacter and influenza.

The Surfacide Helios system can treat an entire patient room in an average of 20 to 30 minutes by strategically placing three emitter towers to efficiently provide energy levels to most surfaces in the room, and is validated by laser mapping. The UV-C light kills microorganisms by disrupting cellular DNA, causing their deactivation. When the device is in use, no people are in the room and only the inanimate surfaces in the room are exposed to the UV light. Utilizing this system at the conclusion of a patient’s stay will help ensure that the room is safer for the next patient.

"The Environmental Service Team performs a thorough cleaning of patient rooms and operative suites, but there is a proven advantage to adding UV light disinfection as the final step in the cleaning and disinfection process. The UV light helps to minimize the risks associated with bacteria and viruses that survive on environmental surfaces, despite the team following the disinfection process due to bacterial resistance or human error,” said Darlene Hennis, Trinity Health System Infection Control Coordinator. “For this reason, we have added the most advanced technology available to help us provide the safest environment possible to our patients."

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