What Is Ultraviolet Light?
How Does UV Light Disinfect?
What Is UV Light Effective Against?
Science has shown us that UV-C light can deactivate a broad spectrum of pathogenic bacteria and viruses. These include viruses, such as the Coronavirus and Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) that are difficult to treat. Examples of these infections include Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli and Clostridium difficile. When it comes down to it, UV-C light is the only way to completely obliterate harmful pathogens that are antibiotic-resistant.
UV Light VS. Chemical Alternative
Unlike their resilient response to chemical disinfectants, microorganisms are unable to develop UV-C resistance. Widespread use of antibiotics and disinfectants continue to create chemical and drug-resistant “superbugs,” which the CDC lists as a top threat. Alternatives to the Vioguard products are labor and time intensive; cleaning keyboards adds to the multitude of tasks for which nurses are responsible. Sanitizing solutions must be visibly wet on a surface for two to five minutes to be effective. There is also the issue of human error. Understaffed and hectic environments make it difficult to ensure proper cleaning protocols are followed, and cracks and crevices in the keyboards render them difficult to clean. Biohazardous waste presents a third issue. Toxic chemicals are used in many facilities and some hospitals have banned various cleaning materials and antimicrobial agents.
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