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Rapid Hospital Room Decontamination Using Ultraviolet (UV) Light with a Nanostructured UV-Reflective Wall Coating

  • William A. Rutala (a1) (a2), Maria F. Gergen (a1), Brian M. Tande (a3) and David J. Weber (a1) (a2)

We tested the ability of an ultraviolet C (UV-C)–reflective wall coating to reduce the time necessary to decontaminate a room using a UV-C-emitting device (Tru-D SmartUVC). The reflective wall coating provided the following time reductions for decontamination: for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, from 25 minutes 13 seconds to 5 minutes 3 seconds (P < .05), and for Clostridium difficile spores, from 43 minutes 42 seconds to minutes 24 seconds (P < .05).

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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