One of the biggest issues associated with using mobile UVC as an adjunct cleaning technology in operating rooms has been the additional cost these devices can create, including purchase price, and the cost of additional FTE's needed to move the devices from location to location. Also, in situations where a mobile device is shared with other areas of the hospital, efficiency may be reduced, and there might even be additional costs associated with storage. "Time is money." And therefore, we believe understanding obstacles related to cost, and having alternatives, may be very helpful to many healthcare institutions.
Offering a diverse approach, like outfitting each OR with a permanently installed OR UVC Fixed Mount Package, with its own specific requirements, provides efficient and cost-effective solutions for hospitals. Environmental Services applications, for in-between case cleaning, or at terminal clean, has become the most popular option, where the UVC is used as an adjunct cleaning technology following AORN guideline procedures, and serving as a "catch all" for areas that may have otherwise been overlooked. Most importantly, all direct UVC OR surface-mounted fixtures that are part of the OR Package have the proper safety features, and the system will immediately turn off during the disinfection cycle, if unauthorized entry takes place. In addition, a wall mounted control touch pad connects all the UVC fixtures, and, with pre-programmed, and custom programmed cycles, the most efficient run times can be set. A simple push of a button allows the program to be run by anyone that has been through training.
Additionally, OR Packages from American Ultraviolet are very popular for use during surgeries to help reduce viable microorganisms in the air and on surfaces. These systems can be custom tailored to each operating room environment. More information on clinical studies can be found here.
An overview of the components that make up the OR Package can be found here.
None of the American Ultraviolet UVC products detailed above are certified, or approved under any applicable laws, as a medical device, and as such, American Ultraviolet, and its Representatives and Distributors, do not currently intend for them to be used as medical devices anywhere globally. Products have not been evaluated by the FDA.