Gulf Coast hospital fights back effects of high humidity issues by implementing continuous UV-C air purification systems at the room level
HOUSTON, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX is a tertiary care, regional referral center offering complex and comprehensive medical and surgical care for children. Their location near the Gulf of Mexico makes high humidity a frequent issue in the burden levels of bacteria and fungus within the hospital.
Under the leadership of Nancy Fallwell, Director of Infection Prevention, Driscoll faced the issue by launching a comprehensive internal investigation of sourcing and air sampling. The study sought to determine the impact of an active air treatment system with a UV-C irradiation chamber on neutralizing airborne microorganisms.
Manufactured exclusively by American Green Technology®, the patented VidaShield™ Continuous UV-C Air Purification System is an "active, always on" system designed to reduce the amount of infectious bacteria and fungi present in the air at room level. Unlike most UV-C technologies, which work at peak efficiency when microorganisms are in the line of sight, VidaShield draws the room air into an irradiation chamber, continuously, returning treated air back into the room.
The study resulted in a 73 percent decrease in total airborne bacteria count and 44 percent reduction in airborne fungal counts. "The results from the study physically and financially supported our integrating of VidaShield into our HAI prevention protocol. The continual scrubbing of the air provides a safer and cleaner environment for our patients, staff, and visitors," comments Ms. Fallwell.
Environmental Disinfection Management, LLC led the development of the study by providing environmental expertise and onsite application design and implementation. "The results of the Driscoll Children's study continues to confirm that the use of UV-C at room level has a consistently positive effect on reducing airborne bacteria and fungus in treated air," declares Mr. Jay Comeaux, President of Environmental Disinfection Management.
About Environmental Disinfection Management, LLCEnvironmental Disinfection Management is a Master Distributor of VidaShield. Their mission is to support the efforts of Infection Preventionists and healthcare facilities professionals in enhancing the patient's safety and overall experience. www.edm-system.com
About American Green TechnologyAmerican Green Technology (AGT) manufactures lighting products for the heavy industry and healthcare sectors. Their board of directors, shareholders and management leverage global relationships to produce proprietary best-in-class solutions. www.agtus.org
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