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New CDC Study Confirms Effectiveness of UV-C Disinfection in Reducing Harmful Pathogens for Hospitals
Date:4/19/2013

an infectious cell so it cannot reproduce and therefore cannot colonize and spread. These results were confirmed by the study, which reported a significant decrease in the total number of colony-forming units (CFUs) of these pathogens in both direct and indirect line of sight.

"Results of TRU-D have been supported by multiple independent peer-reviewed studies conducted by leading authorities in infection control and epidemiology," said Chuck Dunn , president of Memphis-based Lumalier, maker of TRU-D SmartUVC. "We are pleased to add another reputable third-party validation of our method of automated no-touch disinfection."

The study was performed at two tertiary acute care hospitals, Duke University Medical Center and University of North Carolina Health Care, from July 2011 through September 2011. Hospital rooms utilized in the study were identified as those of patients placed on precautions as a result of colonization or infection with a target organism. Environmental cultures – from direct and indirect lines of site – were obtained on specific environmental locations within the room after patient discharge and before manual room cleaning by housekeeping personnel. TRU-D was then used in the room, and cultures were repeated in triplicate from the same environmental sites following application of the UV-C light. In total, 229 environmental surfaces were sampled in the rooms of 39 patients over the 15-month study. Following use of TRU-D, there was a calculated reduction of more than 91 percent in the total number of CFUs of any pathogen detected from all sampled sites. Additionally, a greater than 92-percent reduction was achieved for all three target organisms (97.89 percent for VRE, 92.95 percent for C. diff. and 98.07 percent for Acinetobacter), with no statistically significant differences in reductions occurring in direct versus indirect line of sight disinfection fo
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