UV-C disinfection in a medical setting
The disinfectant property of UV light has been known since the early 20th century. Below we discuss the current backgrounds, scientific studies and practical experiences, to evaluate the safety, effectiveness and practical application of UV-C disinfection of medical instruments and equipment.
The mechanism of UV-disinfection
UV-C disinfection responds to an important vulnerability of micro-organisms: the sensitivity of their hereditary material. Due to a photochemical process, UV-C light “fuses” the protein chains of the hereditary material after a very short exposure time, causing the virus to break down. This type of UV light can be found in sunlight, but is largely captured by the ozone layer. However, with a certain type of UV lamp, light of this wavelength can easily be generated in sufficient intensity for disinfection of air, water and irradiable surfaces.
Safety en effectivity
UV-C disinfection of medical instruments and equipment
Application in healthcare
Practical applicability and experiences in healthcare
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