How UV technology prevents infectious pathogens from growing in hospital space?

The coronavirus pandemic is still a matter of great concern in the country. We need to take the precautionary measures to prevent the transmission of the virus at the public places such as hospital which operates 24/7 for 365 days. 

In the time of limited availability, rapid decontamination of the used beds and hospital rooms, before admitting the next occupant remains a huge challenge. The chemical disinfectants will not be enough to remove the bacteria and viruses found in hospitals and other contamination prone spaces.

So, the certain measures to control hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and identifying the patients at risk of getting infected, monitoring and surveillance of medical instruments such as respiratory tubes among other hospital instruments, is needed.

Here are some ways medical facilities can prevent the pathogens from growing in the space -

  • The application of the UV radiation in the disinfection of the surfaces, objects, air and water is found to be quick and beneficial in hospital spaces as UV-C light, of wavelength in the range of 250-280nm, can kill 99.99% of viruses and bacteria.
  • The power consumption in the hospitals is mainly from three sources - Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning system (HVAC) that consumes up 50% energy along with lightening that makes up for 15% of the power and Medical Equipment & other that is the contributor for 35%.
  • UV-C cleaning products can be used in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system to disinfect the air from bacteria and viruses and maintain Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). The product or units can either be placed in the ducts or inside the central HVAC unit.
  • Disinfection of hospital surfaces can be done through direct exposure to the UV-C radiation from lamps, luminaires or disinfection carts. COVID -19 stays on the surface for six hours to nine days.
  • Similarly, UV-C technology can be used in both water treatment plants and residential drinking water purification systems for disinfecting and purifying drinking water, wastewater, process water, swimming pools, and ponds.
  • The UV-C enclosure (UV) or cabinet used in the hospitals consists of a sizeable reflective chamber inside of which anything from wheelchairs, mobile, laptops and N-95 masks, lab coats and other medical and protective equipment can be disinfected in less than five minutes.
  • Overall, the technology is non-toxic, certified and scientifically proven economically viable method. The process to operate UV technologies is also simple and can be remotely controlled. Far-UVC (207-222 nm) light cannot penetrate through human skin or the tear layer in the eye, so it is not a human health hazard. But as viruses and bacteria are much smaller than human cells, far-UVC light can inactivate the virus without any harm to the exposed human cells.

MinionLabs' UV Saaph can sanitize everything and anything instantly. The UV-C device has been independently assessed and is in compliant with the requirement of the ISO 15858:2016. It is non-toxic and designed in such a way that the light energy from UV-C lamps are exposed to the object kept inside the box at 360 degrees, making sure that even a millimetre is not left out for these pathogens to live.