‘Purple Sun’ Device Uses UV Light To Help Protect Hospitals Against Germs


GERMS IS A CONSTANT BATTLE. DR. MAX GOMEZ TELLS US ABOUT A NEW WAY TO DISINFECT USING LIGHT. HOSPITALS ARE BUSY PLACES FILLED WITH STAFF, VISITORS, PATIENTS, AND LIKE EVERY PLACE ON EARTH, GERMS, THE DIFFERENCE IS BACTERIA IN HOSPITALS TEND TO BE NASTY GERMS. THEY’RE CONSTANT HI WORKING TO KEEP PATIENTS PROTECTED. GOALS TO REDUCE INFECTIONS. TO HAVE BETTER OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS. EVERYDAY, SERVICE WORKERS ARE CLEANING THE ENVIRONMENTMENT WE’RE USING DISINFECTANT. SOMETIMES WE CLEAN ROOMS TWICE A DAY. ALL THAT HAS TO BE DONE BY HAND WITH POWERFUL CHEMICALS. MAYBE THIS IS A BETTER WAY. THAT’S WHAT AUDREY IS DEMONSTRATING FOR US A MACHINE CALLED PURPLE SUNK THAT USES ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT TO KILL GERMS. IN A 90 SECOND PERIOD OF TIME. ALL THE ORGANISMS ARE RECEIVING ABOVE AND BEYOND THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY TO KILL THEM. THAT’S A CLAIM THAT PURPLE SUN HAS BEEN ABLE TO PROVE IN A RECENT STUDY IN THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL. PURPLE SUN REDUCED MICROBE LEVELS BY 98%. UV DISINFECTIONS IS MORE CONSISTENT THAN MANUAL CHEMICAL CLEANING. LIGHT PRODUCES HIGHER QUALITY AND BETTER COVERAGE. THIS TECH NOTHING ALLOWS ALL SURFACES TO GET EXPOSED. IT’S BEING COMMERCIALIZED THROUGH THEIR TECH INCUBATOR WHICH RECOGNIZED THE ADVANTAGE OF HAVING A MODULAR UNIT THAT CAN DISINFECT PARTS OF AN OR AT THE SAME TIME STAFF CAN BE SAFELY WORKING IN THE SAME ROOM. ANOTHER MAJOR HOSPITAL SYSTEM, NORTH WELL HEALTH, HAS JOINED TO BRING PURPLE SUN TO MORE HEALTH CARE LOCATIONS. ONE KEY AREA WHERE IT COULD BE USEFUL IS IN THE ER WHERE IT COULD BE PLACED AROUND A STRETCHER AFTER A PATIENT USES

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