Since the early 1970s American Ultraviolet® has provided healthcare professionals with 1,000+ effective ultraviolet germicidal UVC Operating Room packages that are available 24/7/365, and that, supported by valid documented reports, show how the ultraviolet lights help:
The unique OR Package uses permanently placed UV light disinfection fixtures, including a user-friendly touch screen controller, to provide more thorough whole room disinfection than mobile devices operating for the same amount of time - the OR Package can disinfect Operating Rooms in less than 10 minutes. In addition, the UVC OR Package from American Ultraviolet is the only UV solution that eradicates MDROs before, during, and after surgical procedures.
In 2016, American Ultraviolet decided to improve the OR Package, paying particular attention to the controls, and to a few other features that make the package a truly "intelligent" system.
Upgrades to the OR Package Include:
Designed to be used during Orthopedic procedures, and to improve terminal cleaning before or after any procedure, the new, more "intelligent" OR Package can be operated by existing EVS staff, so no additional staff is necessary, and no additional time will be lost trying to locate and move a mobile device to the operating room.
Click here to learn more about the specific OR Package 2.0 Components, which include a Touchscreen Controller, Direct Surface-mounted Fixtures, Indirect Wall-mounted Fixtures, Door Barrier Fixtures, Radiometer, Warning Signs, Safety Shields and Staff Training.
Why UVC for the Operating Room?
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%.
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)
With the already extraordinary, and still increasing, cost of infections (including hospitalization, physician care, nurses' salary, hospital insurance, death benefits in case of death, etc.), it's obvious that reducing infection rates is extremely important. And with health insurance no longer covering healthcare associated infections, proactive hospitals can avoid significant monetary waste by investing in proven technology that will reduce infections.
Why the American Ultraviolet OR Package?
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 and surgical site infections can be significantly reduced.
19-year longitudinal study shows UVC lighting to reduce risk of post-op infection by 66.67%
Unlike a mobile unit, which might be somewhere else in your facility, the OR Package is permanently installed in your most critical environment – the OR – and therefore is always present and available for use
Timed Daily Cycle
Simply set it like an alarm clock and, without the need for additional personnel, run the OR Package at full intensity, at any predetermined time the OR will not be in use
Use Before, During And After A Procedure
Use the American Ultraviolet UVC Operating Room "Package" to disinfect the OR before, during, and/or after all surgical procedures
The UVC Operating Room Package from American Ultraviolet is inexpensive to install and maintain, and it does not inconvenience others who wish to use the operating rooms, without UVC lamps, 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.
Since the 1930s UVC 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.
The OR Package, and many other UVC Germicidal Fixtures manufactured by American Ultraviolet since 1960, 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.
To learn more about the OR Package, and other healthcare products from American Ultraviolet that will help reduce the spread of HAI's and SSI's, please visit our technical library where you can download and print literature.