Are Stethoscopes & Other Frequently Touched Surfaces Getting Cleaned in Your Medical Facility?
The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization both advocate hand washing as the top way to reduce the spread of bacteria from doctors and nurses to their patients. A recent study found that while fingertips harbor the most bacteria, there is something else that carries almost as much that isn’t getting washed – the stethoscope.
After doctors are finished examining a patient they will wash their hands or sanitize them with gel, but they will just place the stethoscope right back in their pocket. The recommendation is to view the stethoscope as an extension of the doctor’s hand and thus something that should be cleaned after seeing patients.
But what about all the other equipment that doctors use while examining a patient? Blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, etc., plus all the items that patients touch in the waiting room: pens, clipboards, magazines. There are so many items that can harbor bacteria, and cleaning them all is a difficult task. How can medical facilities ensure all of these items are getting cleaned and sterilized? We have the solution – ultraviolet light.
How Ultraviolet Light Can Be Used to Kill Bacteria & Germs
Ultraviolet light has a C wavelength (specifically 254nm) that breaks apart molecular bonds of DNA to destroy the germ. There is no microorganism that is resistant to ultraviolet light, including superbugs such as S. aureus, C. difficile, and A. baumannii.
Our UV Flash Cabinet harnesses ultraviolet light to eliminate potentially harmful pathogenic microorganisms from objects that are placed inside of it. In just 60 seconds, objects placed inside the cabinet including stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, pens, magazines, and more will be disinfected.
While ultraviolet light is not a new concept for killing bacteria, the combination of ultraviolet light with the highly polished, mirror finish interior chamber makes the UV Flash Cabinet unique for preventing the spread of bacteria and germs. (Watch a video to see how easy it is to use the UV Flash Cabinet).
Contact Us to Learn More About the UV Flash Cabinet
Southwest Solutions Group® provides UV Flash Cabinets to all types of medical and healthcare facilities. To learn more and speak with a specialist today, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.