Technologies have evolved for a long time, and there is always something new that pops up in technology. It does matter which domain is being covered by science, but every sector is enhanced. Ironically, what we used to be scared of the most today is trending and has become the essential element for our protection. Ultraviolet rays, which are supposed to be harmful, are used to kill pathogens present in the environment.
Hospitals are one of the most contagious hotspots for spreading germs and bacteria; therefore, they need maximum precautions. According to the estimate of the CDC, the number of people who die in the US from healthcare-associated infections (HAI) is the same as from breast cancer, AIDs, and car accidents if we calculate together. Today the path to combat HAIs is getting intense with the increase in antimicrobial resistance. Although the threat of HAIs can be fought by the modern tech of the healthcare industry, Axenic-UV’s Intelligent Solutions play an active role by tackling Disinfection & Illness Detection head-on.
Since electronic is being used widely to keep patient records, staff use computers to manage the same. If we see these are tiny things, it matters the most as computer keyboards are not easily cleanable, especially between keys, resulting in them becoming highly contaminated. Inadequate or infrequent cleaning allows microbial contaminants to survive and persist on environmental surfaces. Whilst posing a little direct risk to patients, computer keyboards can act as a source for healthcare workers to contaminate their hands. Nurses recording patient observations and medical staff passing from keyboard to keyboard, usually without hand hygiene, may transmit pathogens to other patients via contaminated computer keyboards.
Disinfection of water has been practiced for a long; with the help of UVC radiation to disinfect water and bacteria present in it, the inactivation of microbial DNA could be well documented.
‘Self-sanitizing’ keyboards that utilize UVC light have been developed. One keyboard automatically retracts into an enclosure where it is covered in UV radiation. Another is exposed to light from a UV desk-type lamp that can be free-standing or fixed permanently to the keyboard and used either way. Both of these disinfection systems are activated by the movement and inactivity of the user. Continual use of UV disinfection has proven to reduce bacterial contaminants onward computers.
However, hand-held UV light sources are considered to be less effective when compared to continuous disinfection. Moreover, exposure to UVC rays that emits from hand-held devices is likely shorter and more inconsistent. Thus, microorganisms, particularly those protected within recesses or areas of significant shadowing, are likely to persist.
How are the devices used?
Numerous products can help disinfect the hospital area, be it surface, air, or detecting high temperature. Products like Haze Bot, an automizing disinfection robot, effectively disinfects the air by rapidly atomizing the disinfectant and making the area sprayed be disinfected automatically. It can be controlled through the app, making contactless disinfection. Its ease of use which it provides makes it simple to deploy and easy to manage.
Even Concord, a UVC disinfection high bay, is a potent Disinfection System that uses UVC light to destroy disease-causing harmful pathogens. Its operation, maintenance, and installation are similar to that of any high bay light. The disinfection luminaire features an advanced heat sink which increases its longevity significantly.
Therefore, when it comes to safety and disinfection systems, Axenic-UV takes the lead in providing what is useful.