UV Light Disinfection in Hospitals with UVC Lamps
Many industries such as healthcare are realizing the benefits of protecting patients and preventing infection with UV light disinfection in hospitals. Ultraviolet light has powerful germicidal properties in the UVC range, specifically at 254nm wavelength. UV light is electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun in long wave UVA, medium wave UVB and short wave UVC radiation, which is completely absorbed by the ozone layer.
UV lamp manufacturers are able to create UVC radiation with germicidal lamps which are proven to have powerful disinfection properties. UVC lamps are used in many applications such as water, air and surface applications to sterilize and disinfect by quickly eliminating many viruses and bacteria.
UVC radiation emitted by UV germicidal lamps penetrates the cells of microorganisms making them non-viable and unable to reproduce or infect patients. UVC germicidal lamps are increasing in use especially in healthcare settings and hospitals, providing additional protection against infection and transmission of super bugs.
UV Light Disinfection Reduces Hospital Infections
Healthcare Acquired Infections, HAIs, are more common than most people realize with 1 in 25 people developing an infection directly related to their hospital stay, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. A study published by the American Journal of Infection Control shows that UV light disinfection in hospitals eliminates up to 97.7% of harmful pathogens in operating rooms. HAIs cost billions of dollars to treat patients and cause nearly 100,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
Healthcare organizations and hospital administrators are taking notice of the effective and cost saving benefits of using UV light to disinfect hospitals with wall mounted units or mobile UVC robots. UVC robots are becoming more popular in hospitals as they roam from room to room to disinfect in between patients and wall mounted units in restrooms can be set to automatically engage when the door closes. UV disinfection lamps are also used in the heating and cooling systems of hospitals to purify and disinfect the air in hospitals where people are more vulnerable to illness.
When patients acquire an infection from one of the superbugs like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) it can be truly devastating with longer hospital stays, intensive care or loss of life as these infections can be very difficult to treat.
UV light is known to kill superbugs like MRSA, VRE, K pneumonia and C difficile and are helping hospitals to reduce the transmission of superbugs that linger in hospital rooms causing new infections. Quality UV sterilization lamps are proven to kill K pneumonia and VRE in seconds, MRSA in under 5 minutes of exposure at 10 feet away and stubborn C difficile in under 15 minutes at a 10 ft. distance.
Duke University is now using several UV light disinfection machines at Duke University Hospital, Duke Raleigh and Duke Regional hospital to reduce transmission of viruses and bacteria and improve patient’s health. Combining UV light disinfection in hospitals with regular cleaning routines provides the best protection against the spread of harmful disease causing germs left in hospital patient and operating rooms.
UV Light Disinfection for Hospitals and Any Application
LightSources and LightTech are global leaders in the UVC germicidal lamp industry, providing high quality lamp products to support OEMs of all sizes. We offer a wide selection of lamps used in many sterilization applications including UV light disinfection in hospitals. Our skilled lighting and UV radiation engineers are experienced in designing prototype solutions with custom phosphor blends and custom lamp designs.
LightSources offers high quality germicidal lamps for all sterilization applications including:
- Water sterilization – water treatment plants, drinking water, water reclamation, life sciences, aquariums, pools and spas, ballast water treatment systems and more.
- Surface sterilization – hospitals, nursing homes, daycare centers, restaurants, food buffets, grocery stores, food irradiation, medical supply manufacturing, many others.
- Air purification – air disinfection in hospitals, healthcare facilities, commercial and industrial air purification applications, ozone disinfection with odor control, air sterilization in HVAC units, many other air sterilization applications.
LightSources offers a wide range of UV germicidal lamps to OEMs with unique, proprietary solutions. UVC germicidal lamps are available in any configuration to meet your specific needs with custom designed solutions available. The most common types of UV sterilization lamps include:
- Low Pressure Mercury Lamps
- Low Pressure Amalgam Lamps
- Medium Pressure Ultraviolet Lamps (MPUV)
- Quartz Sleeves
- Electronic Ballasts
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LightSources offers many variations of these UVC germicidal lamps to meet your specific sterilization requirements with OEM oriented solutions. Our lamps are found in a multitude of applications worldwide with patent-protected UV technology. Contact us to discuss your sterilization requirement and to learn more about UV light disinfection in hospitals.