The effect of pulsed xenon ultraviolet light disinfection on healthcare-associated Clostridioides difficile rates in a tertiary care hospital

Fibi Attia, Cynthia Whitener, Scott Mincemoyer, Justin Houck, Kathleen Julian

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of infection control
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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