UVC devices have the advantage of speed [30 Seconds] and a Log 6₁₀ deactivation of major pathogens. They have no supply cost, leave no residue and do not require contact time or surface compatibility knowledge by the Users. The average chemical wipe is $.04 – $.08 cents per wipe and the per cycle cost for UVC is < $.011. No supply waste means no environmental waste costs. The supply cost advantages and operational savings to UVC are great.
Healthcare facilities should make use of their advantages over disinfecting wipes.
It’s obvious that infections are not being reduced using wipes alone and continue to increase in our healthcare facilities; so why not take the time to evaluate UVC disinfection cabinets and their performance for personal and patient care equipment and use them to add to our arsenal for infection prevention?
Dr. Paxton has 45 plus years’ experience in medical devices and Infectious disease consulting. The Staff Epidemiologist at TMG Health Technologies. A member of SHEA and ASM. Dr. Paxton specializes in studies for 510k submission and regulatory submissions, FDA liaison, design control and GMP and FDA inspection readiness. 30 years as an infection preventionist for acute care and LTAC’s, has extensive knowledge in disinfection and is an expert in Biosafety.