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Thayer County Health Services Shines Light on COVID-19 Prevention

Ultraviolet Light is Back

Thayer County Health Services has a new weapon in the fight against pathogens that are resistant to cleaning materials. COVID-19 has brought new life to a decades-old technique for controlling infectious diseases and bacteria: ultraviolet light. Thanks to a generous gift from the Foundation for Thayer County Health Services combined with COVID-19 relief funds, Thayer County Health Services is amidst several healthcare organizations utilizing the power of ultraviolet light to aide in sanitation efforts.

A UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer was recently purchased for use at Thayer County Health Services to assist in infection prevention practices. The single-cycle, whole-room device delivers powerful UV light at a germicidal dose ensuring thorough disinfection of all surfaces. The device will be used to disinfect patient rooms and other key areas in the hospital and kills more than 35 pathogens in 5 minutes at 2.44 meters. The UV light kills microorganisms by inactivating their DNA, rendering them harmless and unable to replicate. Traditional, manual hospital cleaning protocols will still be in place, but UV disinfection will be an additional barrier in stopping the spread of pathogens to reduce the possibility of a healthcare associated infection, such as COVID-19 and Influenza. On average, the UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer fully disinfects a room with a mere 10-minute cycle depending on the room’s size.

Megan Janousek, RN, Infection Control Coordinator at Thayer County Health Services, said, “Patient safety has been, and will always be, the number one priority of Thayer County Health Services. The purchase of the UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer disinfection device shows our dedication to continually improving our infection control procedures with the patient at the center of our care practices. This added measure assists us in preventing hospital acquired infections and ensures the safest possible environment for our patients, staff, and visitors.”

The device is able to treat areas that are difficult to clean manually. The device is run after the environmental services team thoroughly cleans and disinfects each room with a chemical surface disinfectant product and the UV device is then used to supplement these efforts. Thayer County Health Services is proud to add an extra innovative precaution to existing infection control protocols.