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Muskogee Community Hospital Adopts Steril-Aire UVC Lights for Infection Control, Green Benefits
Date:7/30/2009

BURBANK, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Steril-Aire, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer of germicidal ultraviolet C or UVC devices for HVAC systems, reports that the new Muskogee Community Hospital (Muskogee, Oklahoma) is using its UVC Emitters(TM) facility-wide in an innovative infection control strategy.

The devices are installed in the air handling units and in custom-designed, ceiling-mounted devices in the surgical and procedural suites, marking the first time a hospital has used UVC technology in this way. Steril-Aire devices use high output UVC energy to eradicate airborne viruses and bacteria as well as surface biofilm/mold and pathogens, to improve indoor air quality and reduce hospital acquired infections.

"We are hopeful that UVC technology will help us to record some of the lowest infection rates in the country by keeping bacteria and other microbes continuously in check," reports MCH president Mark Roberts. "We have equipped the hospital with two and sometimes even three layers of UVC protection - in the outside air intake; in the individual air handling units that serve virtually all patient areas; and in ceiling-mounted devices that are specially engineered for 'after-hours' disinfection of the surgical and procedural areas with cleansing germicidal light. Through this approach, we expect to destroy 99+ percent of microbial contaminants."

Red Bud Air Filter Sales & Service (Tulsa) supplied the UVC devices to installation contractor Hogle Mechanical (Muskogee) and worked with the consulting engineering firm of Martin Engineering Design, Inc. (Tulsa) to ensure proper design and application of the product in the hospital's 77 air handling units and seven ceiling units.

The extensive use of UVC with the unique addition of the ceiling-mount units is one of many firsts achieved by MCH. Its environmentally friendly construction h
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