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Efficacy of an automated ultraviolet C device in a shared hospital bathroom.

Abstract

Toilet flushing can contribute to disease transmission by generating aerosolized bacteria and viruses that can land on nearby surfaces or follow air currents. Aerobic and anaerobic bacterial bioaerosol loads, and bacterial counts on 2 surfaces in a bathroom with a permanently installed, automated ultraviolet C (UVC) irradiation device, were significantly lower than in a comparable bathroom without the UVC device. Permanently installed UVC lights may be a useful supplementary decontamination tool in shared patient bathrooms.

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    School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Electronic address: jessejcooper@gmail.com.

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    Division of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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    School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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    Division of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    Source

    American journal of infection control 44:12 2016 Dec 01 pg 1692-1694

    MeSH

    Aerosols
    Air Microbiology
    Automation
    Disinfection
    Environmental Microbiology
    Hospitals
    Humans
    Toilet Facilities
    Ultraviolet Rays

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    27575773

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Efficacy of an automated ultraviolet C device in a shared hospital bathroom. AU - Cooper,Jesse, AU - Bryce,Elizabeth, AU - Astrakianakis,George, AU - Stefanovic,Aleksandra, AU - Bartlett,Karen, Y1 - 2016/08/26/ PY - 2016/03/17/received PY - 2016/07/12/revised PY - 2016/07/13/accepted PY - 2016/8/31/pubmed PY - 2017/12/16/medline PY - 2016/8/31/entrez KW - Ultraviolet C KW - bathroom KW - bioaerosol KW - contact surface KW - environmental cleaning KW - toilet plume SP - 1692 EP - 1694 JF - American journal of infection control JO - Am J Infect Control VL - 44 IS - 12 N2 - Toilet flushing can contribute to disease transmission by generating aerosolized bacteria and viruses that can land on nearby surfaces or follow air currents. Aerobic and anaerobic bacterial bioaerosol loads, and bacterial counts on 2 surfaces in a bathroom with a permanently installed, automated ultraviolet C (UVC) irradiation device, were significantly lower than in a comparable bathroom without the UVC device. Permanently installed UVC lights may be a useful supplementary decontamination tool in shared patient bathrooms. SN - 1527-3296 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27575773/Efficacy_of_an_automated_ultraviolet_C_device_in_a_shared_hospital_bathroom_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0196-6553(16)30685-X ER -