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Revolutionizing Infection Prevention with Handheld UV-C Devices: A Study Unveiled

In a quest to exploit the disinfecting capabilities of UV-C light without harmful effects of human exposure, Piyali Chatterjee, PhD, and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System initiated a research that eyed the prospect of handheld filtered Far UV-C devices in combating hospital-acquired infections. This research received financing from Freestyle Partners, LLC.

Deep diving into the concept of using this new technology, the study gathered responses from participants on various aspects, such as the complexity of use, time spent on usage, safety for patients and healthcare workers, and technological traits of the device. It was fascinating to note the willingness of participants to embrace this innovative device after interacting with its prototype. They provided insightful feedback on its potential applications and design specifications that would encourage its adoption.

The complete, peer-reviewed study is available in the Nursing & Health Sciences journal. Readers can also gain additional insights from an extensive discussion between Jennifer Rosen, BA, cofounder of Freestyle Partners, and Infection Control Today® (ICT®) as well as the specific observations made by Piyali Chatterjee, PhD, regarding the research.

Key findings from the study proved intriguing. Despite openness towards the adoption of such a device, several barriers like time, surface complexity, and workflow need to be addressed. Valuable re-design considerations, such as the device’s size, shape, weight, surface capacity, safety, and durability, were also highlighted by the respondents.

The anticipation is to see these handheld devices, once redesigned, being utilized especially on hospital surfaces that can’t be disinfected using standard practices. The participants gave the impression that disinfection workload could be a significant factor unaccounted for staffing levels and hence, could necessitate more attention from hospital, nursing, and infection prevention leadership.

Current research is confined to the feedback from acute care hospital nursing staff only. However, a larger study should include even more end-users across multiple facilities. This study has been instrumental in gathering essential staff input during the technology’s development phase, potentially paving the way for successful future implementation.


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