Patient and health care worker perceptions of daily use of ultraviolet-C technology as an adjunct to daily cleaning in an academic hospital: Secondary study of Ultra Violet-C Light Evaluation as an Adjunct to Removing Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

Clare Rock, Melanie S. Curless, Kathryn Anne Carson, Elaine Nowakowski, Verna Scheeler, Lisa Maragakis

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Abstract

A cluster randomized crossover trial is in progress at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to investigate the impact of daily ultraviolet (UV)-C light disinfection on the acquisition of health care-associated pathogens. To understand perceptions and challenges to daily use of UV-C, we surveyed health care workers (HCWs) and patients. Most HCWs think daily UV-C decreases the patients' risk of acquiring infection. Daily UV-C is acceptable to patients and may enhance their overall hospital experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
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StateAccepted/In press - 2017

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Patient Care
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Delivery of Health Care
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Pharmaceutical Preparations
Disinfection
Ultraviolet Rays
Cross-Over Studies
Infection

Keywords

  • Health care worker perceptions
  • Health care-associated infections
  • Multidrug-resistant organisms
  • Patient perceptions
  • Patient room cleaning
  • UV-C light disinfection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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