NIOSH questions one method of UV infection control
EMAIL THIS STORY
| PRINT THIS STORY
October 1, 2009
Ultraviolet-C light, when pointed straight down into a surgical site for infection control purposes, can cause skin and eye problems for employees when personal protective equipment (PPE) is not used properly—which is a difficult proposition at best, says a report published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
This concern prompted NIOSH to investigate ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light use at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. UV-C refers to a band of light wavelength.
While some of the report’s findings seem damning for UV-C as a technology, the study’s co-author, Dave Sylvain, MS, CIH, points out that this was an unusual application of the light.