Ultraviolet Germicidal UVC Operating Room Packages from American Ultraviolet reduce the threat of microbiological contamination of the surgical wound during orthopedic surgeries by continuously disinfecting the wound surface, and the environment around the patient, with cleansing germicidal UVC. Postsurgical infection rates, including healthcare associated infections (also known as hospital acquired infections), can be reduced significantly, as shown in studies based on the use of American Ultraviolet OR Packages.
Studies as far back as 1937 (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina), and as recent as 2007 (Center for Hip and Knee Surgery, St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville, Mooresville, Indiana) report the effectiveness of ultraviolet light in reducing overall post-surgical infection rates. In the Duke study, during the first five years of use, overall infection rates on clean cases showed a significant decrease from 10% to 0.24%; on the orthopedic service, a decrease from 16.5% to 0.75% was reported. For the next 26 years, the overall infection rate was reduced to 0.34%1
The St. Francis study (July 1986 to July 2005) shows the infection rate in operating rooms decreased significantly, from 1.77% to 0.57%, when UVC light was used, even when laminar airflow was eliminated. Furthermore, the decrease in the infection rate for total knee replacements was also significant, from 2.2% to 0.5% (p <0.0001).2
With the already extraordinary, and still increasing, cost of infections (including hospitalization, physician care, nurses' salary, hospital insurance, loss of income from patient's job, death benefits in case of death, and the like), it's obvious that reducing infection rates is extremely important. And with health insurance no longer covering healthcare associated infections (hospital acquired infections), proactive hospitals can avoid significant monetary waste by investing in proven technology that will reduce infections.
Ultraviolet germicidal packages from American Ultraviolet include what are sometimes called UV decontamination lamps that are inexpensive to install and maintain. They do not inconvenience others wishing to use the operating rooms without cleansing UVC light, as the lamps can simply be turned off.
With appropriate and relatively simple safety measures, UVC OR Packages are a very cost-effective environmental control that can help prevent postsurgical infections that can result in failed arthroplasty and patient morbidity.
For more than 72 years, UVC (also known as UVGI) light has been used to reduce DNA and RNA-based contaminants (bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, protozoa), and provide operating room personnel, and patients, with improved disinfection. American Ultraviolet has manufactured UVC Germicidal Fixtures, sometimes individually referred to as an ultraviolet light sterilizer, since 1960. More than 60,000 of these products have been safely operating in hospitals, laboratories, clean rooms, doctors' offices, commercial buildings, food processing plants and residences throughout the world - any place a concern for disinfection exists. American Ultraviolet is the clear leader in UV technology, and remains committed to providing the highest quality equipment at the most competitive price.
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Reference 1. “Ultraviolet Radiation: Its Beneficial Effect On The Operating Room Environment And The Incidence of Deep Wound Infection Following Total Hip and Total Knee Arthropolasty.” J. Drennan Lowell, M.D., Ruth B. Kundsin, PH.D. (Full article available upon request).
Reference 2. “Ultraviolet Lighting During Orthopaedic Surgery and the Rate of Infection.” Merrill A. Ritter, Emily M. Olberding and Robert A. Malinzak. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 2007;89:1935-1940 doi:10.2106/JBJS.F.01037 (Click here to review full article).