EC Microbiology

Research Article Volume 19 Issue 5 - 2023

Effect of Ultraviolet C (UVC) Light for Room Disinfection

Leif Percival Andersen1*, Marlene Hoeg2 and Michael Tvede3

1Senior Consultant, Ext. Ass. Professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology 9301, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen, Denmark

2Technician, Department of Clinical Microbiology 9301, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen, Denmark

3Senior Consultant, Department of Clinical Microbiology 9301, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen, Denmark

*Corresponding Author: Leif Percival Andersen, Senior Consultant, Ext. Ass. Professor, Department of Clinical Microbiology 9301, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen, Denmark.
Received: April 06, 2023; Published: April 26, 2023

The effect of manual cleaning and disinfection depend on how careful it is done, and the technique used. Disinfection with H2O2, acidic acid or ozon products are all based on chemicals with toxic effects. Ultraviolet light C is a chemical free disinfection method which do not demand sealing of the room before the disinfection and ventilation after disinfection. The aim of this study was to test the effect of a new disinfection system for room disinfection using UVC light.

For laboratory test eight different strains of well-known clinical isolates of test bacteria were used and placed on a laminated wood plate and exposed to UVC light up to 90 minutes. For field test, imprints were taken from five spots before and after exposure to UVC light in an outpatient clinic.

Gram negative bacteria were reduced about 8 log10 at 3m and 6 log10 at 5m. Gram positive bacteria were less susceptible to UVC light the reduction was around 6 log10 at 3m and around 5 log10 at 5m. Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecium seem to be less sensitive to UVC than other Gram-positive bacteria. The bacteria distribution on each spot in the field test were the same before and after UVC but the number of bacteria was clearly reduced during the disinfection. Chairs were the most contaminated spots.

In conclusion, UVC light is an effective method, to kill bacteria in the laboratory, but also very effective to disinfect patients’ rooms in short time.

Keywords: Ultraviolet Light; UVC; Room Disinfection; C. difficile; VRE; A. baumannii; S. aureus; Laboratory Test; Field Test

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Leif Percival Andersen., et al. “Effect of Ultraviolet C (UVC) Light for Room Disinfection”. EC Microbiology  19.5 (2023): 50-60.