Impact of no-touch ultraviolet light room disinfection systems on Clostridioides difficile infections

Kathleen McMullen, Rebecca M. Guth, Helen Wood, Cassandra Mueller, Gaylene Dunn, Rebecca Wade, Adnan Siddiqui, Erik Dubberke, Keith Woeltje, David K. Warren

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Abstract

Ultraviolet light (UVL) room disinfection has emerged as an adjunct to manual cleaning of patient rooms. Two different no-touch UVL devices were implemented in 3 health system hospitals to reduce Clostridioides difficile infections (CDI). CDI rates at all 3 facilities remained unchanged following implementation of UVL disinfection. Preintervention CDI rates were generally low, and data from one hospital showed high compliance with manual cleaning, which may have limited the impact of UVL disinfection.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Clostridioides difficile
  • Terminal cleaning
  • Ultraviolet light disinfection

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