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Effectiveness of automated ultraviolet-C light for decontamination of textiles inoculated with Enterococcus faecium.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Hospital Infection, ISSN 0195-6701, E-ISSN 1532-2939, S0195-6701(17)30440-1Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Healthcare textiles are increasingly recognized as potential vehicles for transmission of hospital-acquired infections. This study tested the ability of an automated ultraviolet-C (UV-C) room disinfection device (Tru-D Smart UV-C) to decontaminate textiles inoculated with Enterococcus faecium in a clinical setting. Contaminated polycotton (50/50 polyester/cotton) swatches were distributed to predefined locations in a ward room and exposed to UV-C light. UV-C decontamination reduced E. faecium counts by a mean log10 reduction factor of 1.37 (all P = 0.005, Wilcoxon signed rank test). UV-C decontamination may be a feasible adjunctive measure to conventional laundering to preserve the cleanliness of healthcare textiles in ward rooms.

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2017. S0195-6701(17)30440-1
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Efficacy, Enterococcus faecium, Healthcare textile, UV-C decontamination
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334010DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2017.07.034PubMedID: 28827192OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-334010DiVA: diva2:1158466
Available from: 2017-11-20 Created: 2017-11-20 Last updated: 2017-11-20

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