Ultraviolet Radiation Provides Essential Hospital UV Sterilisation
When we think of hospitals, we imagine places where everything needs to be kept pristine to avoid the risks of infection. Injured and sick people often have open wounds that are particularly susceptible to bacteria, viruses and other contaminants. Many patients may also be on medication that lowers the effectiveness of their immune systems and therefore must stay in a germ-free environment as much as possible.
Of course, hospitals are also home to critical areas such as operating theatres and emergency rooms, all of which require a high level of cleanliness to be safe.
Traditional cleaning methods relied on cleaning staff with anti-bacterial solutions. While hospitals still use this approach, many are now employing the use of UV-C lamps to eradicate contaminants as well. Not only are they very effective, but they also work continually, unlike cleaning staff who take breaks and can’t devote all their time to a given area.
Australian UV Provide UV Sterilisation for Hospital Use
At Australian UV, we provide many of our ultraviolet sterilisation equipment to Australian hospitals. They use them in a variety of places, from bathroom and toilet areas to air conditioning systems, and even the surgical areas. Ultraviolet radiation or UV-C can break down bacteria, viruses and spores by disrupting their capacity to perform cellular actions. The process can disrupt bacteria in either the air, to kill off airborne threats, on surfaces such as tables and beds, or even in water.
The typical method is to use high-efficiency UV Lamp systems in areas in the hospital that are most at risk, such as in toilet or bathroom areas to bathe the area in UV-C lights after use to prevent the spread of germs. Other areas might be where medicines are used and prepared. These are just examples, but the UV technology now allows us to place UV-C lamps in ducts and coils where bacteria build-up is most likely. It’s also possible to have stand-alone lamps to kill off 99.9% of airborne and surface bio-contaminants.
UV Sterilisation for a Hospital Environment Prevents HAI’s
Quite often in the news, we have heard about people who have gone into hospital with one infection, only to come out with another. Or they needed to stay in hospital longer due to an infection they picked up from another patient. This type of infection is what we call a “hospital acquired infection” or HAI. Sometimes, these infections can be highly dangerous, and resilient to many traditional forms of medication. You may have heard the term “superbug”, used to describe viruses and pathogens that have become highly resistant.
To help prevent nasty bugs from spreading further, effective sterilisation is needed, because after all, prevention is better than a cure. Australian UV has been providing hospital UV sterilisation for many years, contributing towards the fight against HAIs. Statistics tell us that HAI’s in the past have cost the medical industry billions of dollars, all of which is preventable by using hospital UV sterilisation.
For any questions about UV sterilisation for a hospital or any other application, do not hesitate to contact us, or check out the useful and informative information on this site.