UV LED Innovation For COVID-19 Decontamination
Ultraviolet (UV) light is known to be a useful decontamination tool in healthcare settings. Earlier this year, Duke Hospitals announced it was using a form of UV light known as UVC to fight the transmission of superbugs like MRSA that can remain in patient rooms and infect staff and other patients. UVC light has been so effective in the past that researchers are now looking at it as a tool to decontaminate infected surfaces and combat the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals, public transit and more. There has been a resurgence of interest and utilization of UV light across the U.S. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the places that are using variations of these technologies today:
- The New York City Metro Transit Authority (MTA) has begun using UVC light to enhance its sanitization program on subways and buses.
- Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital in Brockton, MA is using UV light to sanitize and reuse N95 PPE equipment.
- The Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management in Frederick, MD used its UV technology from its treatment plants to create a decontamination chamber for Frederick Hospital’s N95 masks.