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Brought to Light: How Ultraviolet Disinfection Can Prevent the Nosocomial Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

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School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Kensington 2052, Australia
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Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories (SORL), Prince of Wales Clinical School UNSW Sydney, Randwick 2031, Australia
Academic Editors: Filomena Nazzaro, Vincenzo De Feo and Raffaele Coppola
Appl. Microbiol. 2021, 1(3), 537-556; https://doi.org/10.3390/applmicrobiol1030035
Received: 30 September 2021 / Revised: 9 November 2021 / Accepted: 12 November 2021 / Published: 16 November 2021
The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought to light the role of environmental hygiene in controlling disease transmission. Healthcare facilities are hot spots for infectious pathogens where physical distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) are not always sufficient to prevent disease transmission. Healthcare facilities need to consider adjunct strategies to prevent transmission of infectious pathogens. In combination with current infection control procedures, many healthcare facilities are incorporating ultraviolet (UV) disinfection into their routines. This review considers how pathogens are transmitted in healthcare facilities, the mechanism of UV microbial inactivation and the documented activity of UV against clinical pathogens. Emphasis is placed on the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) as well as multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) that are commonly transmitted in healthcare facilities. The potential benefits and limitations of UV technologies are discussed to help inform healthcare workers, including clinical studies where UV technology is used in healthcare facilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; UVC; antibiotic resistance; environmental cleaning; hospital-acquired infections; health; pathogens; innovative technologies COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; UVC; antibiotic resistance; environmental cleaning; hospital-acquired infections; health; pathogens; innovative technologies
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Browne, K. Brought to Light: How Ultraviolet Disinfection Can Prevent the Nosocomial Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases. Appl. Microbiol. 2021, 1, 537-556. https://doi.org/10.3390/applmicrobiol1030035

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Browne K. Brought to Light: How Ultraviolet Disinfection Can Prevent the Nosocomial Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases. Applied Microbiology. 2021; 1(3):537-556. https://doi.org/10.3390/applmicrobiol1030035

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Browne, Katrina. 2021. "Brought to Light: How Ultraviolet Disinfection Can Prevent the Nosocomial Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases" Applied Microbiology 1, no. 3: 537-556. https://doi.org/10.3390/applmicrobiol1030035

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