The air in buildings often contains health menacing bacteria and viruses. To reduce disease transmission, the air can be disinfected in three ways: dilution, filtration, and purification by ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) or UV-C. These approaches are applicable for controlling colds, flu, measles, and bioterror agents.
It’s a tragic irony that hospitals, specifically designed to be centers of healing, can be among the most hazardous places to people’s health in the United States.
Health-care-associated infections, also known as hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and nosocomial infections, kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer and automobile accidents combined.
You’re sitting at a desk and above you a fluorescent lamp is flickering or has gone out. Your immediate reaction is to get that lamp replaced with a new lamp! A UV-C lamp on the other hand is the fluorescent lamps first cousin, and it can and will suffer a similar demise! The difference is that it’s not above your desk in plain sight, rather its hidden away somewhere keeping the plenum and/or air microbially clean while it maintains the coils heat exchange efficiency, keeping energy use at a minimum! Therefore a UV-C lamp is much more important to replace.
In 2011, during a routine evaluation of the BayView Corporate Tower’s mechanical systems, Senior Property Manager Bunnie Willis learned that she could provide her tenants with cleaner, healthier air by making modest upgrades to the building’s HVAC systems. One such upgrade – the addition of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UV-C) lamps – also held the promise of saving energy, reducing maintenance costs and extending equipment life.
UVR’s most recently published article titled. “UV-C and Hospital Infection Control” talks about UVC’s role in the modern war against infectious diseases. It cites that: each year, more than two million people contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) that are often antibiotic-resistant. In 2013, these infections resulted in at least 23,000 deaths (CDC). And states: HAIs, kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined.