New technologies to prevent cross-transmission of infections in medical care centers are increasingly available to today’s healthcare facilities.
FREMONT, CA: Infection control and prevention is a global issue. Proven strategies are a vital driver of successful infection control in healthcare facilities. Evolving technologies help control the spread of disease. To achieve maximum efficiency, to provide safety, healthcare needs to be supported by firm commitments to reliable technology-based infection control initiatives. Here is a list of top technological developments revolutionizing infection control in medical care settings by saving lives.
• Pulsed UV Disinfection
Manual disinfection cannot hit every spot, but UV disinfection can reach every microorganism, with no margin for human error. Producing a high-intensity UV light which covers the entire disinfecting spectrum (UV-C), it kills or inactivates the microorganism, preventing its reproduction. Also, UV disinfection has no residual effect, which could damage those who come into contact with treated surfaces and is relatively easy to implement and need little space. It is a great choice forwards, especially if they are closed for a deep clean.
• Air Sterilizer
Unpleasant smells are often the first indicator of a potential hygiene danger. As the human eye cannot spot microorganisms, the scent is nature’s alarm bell. Rather than masking an unpleasant smell, it’s best to kill the source – and that’s where an air sterilizer enters. Air sterilizers combine UV technology, negative ions, photo plasma, and ozone to kill bacteria, viruses, mold, fumes, and other impurities, all of which contribute to reduce potential illness.
• Hygiene Monitoring Techs
Hygiene is a core infection prevention strategy that is simple to perform, yet healthcare worker compliance is often less. Monitoring and feedback is essential to improve compliance. Technologies have been developed with a multitude of capabilities, from monitoring product usage of hand hygiene events, to fully automated systems that track healthcare worker movements and product dispensation instances. Fully automated monitoring systems are able to detect hand hygiene events as healthcare workers enter and exit patient areas.