Next, Caleb Mavar, MPH, BSN, RN, CCRP, a clinical research nurse at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, explains how UV light technology kills microorganisms by altering and/or disrupting DNA structure. Adding UV light to existing protocols to disinfect high-touch surfaces makes a big difference.
And what about your “third hand?” Every day, you use cell phones and tablets to provide care more efficiently. But hands contaminate cell phones and cell phones contaminate hands, which can result in a contaminated environment.
Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC, clinical consultant, infection prevention and control, focuses on the challenges of cleaning electronic devices and keeping the environment clean—especially as patients and visitors bring their own mobile devices into patient rooms. Using UV light to disinfect these devices provides major advantages over using germicidal wipes.
Ultimately, UV light is a game changer for stopping the spread of infection.