Ultraviolet (UV) light has destructive activity against pathogenic bacteria including Clostridioides difficile spores. Portable pulsed-xenon UV disinfecting devices were implemented for terminal room cleaning in 6 units of our academic hospital with high C. difficile infection (CDI) rates. CDI rates were measured in a 9-month period before and a 9-month period after device implementation. Despite documented administration of UV disinfection for 87% of terminal room cleaning, no impact on CDI rates was detected.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases