The following are just a few of the public
facilities where germicidal UV should be utilized:
Day Care Centers
Virtually any public facility can benefit
from the use of Germicidal UV technology. Controlling the
spread of germs in our grocery stores,
malls, movie theatres etc. is very important, but for our youth and the elderly the
need is crucial.
Protecting Our Youth and
What's the problem?
Bacterial infections are common in nursing
homes and day care centers where bacteria can pass easily
among people. Personal contact in these settings is very
common and difficult to control; outbreaks of a
bacterial infection occur easily. The bacterium
Streptococcus pneumoniae (often called pneumococcus) causes
many common infections like pneumonia and ear infections.
Antibiotics are generally used to combat bacterial
infections like pneumococcus. But because antibiotic use is
so common in both young and elderly populations, their care
centers are often ideal settings for drug-resistant strains
of pneumococcus to emerge. Between 10% and 40% of
pneumococcus infections are drug resistant. Drug-resistant
pneumococcal infections have been rising steadily over the
past decade, and infection with a drug-resistant strain of
pneumococcus can result in serious illness or death if the
drug-resistance is not diagnosed soon enough.
In the past, pneumococcus infections could be cured with
penicillin. But penicillin-resistant and multi-drug
resistant strains of pneumococcus are emerging in the U. S.
and are widespread in some groups of people. When bacteria
become resistant to antibiotic drugs, treatment options
diminish; what once were easily treated diseases can become
more serious, even deadly.
Who's at Risk?
The very young and the very old, who are
often in day care and nursing homes, are at greatest risk
for infections when outbreaks occur. People who work and
live in nursing homes and children and workers in day care
centers can develop antibiotic-resistant pneumococcus
infections. Frequent use of antibiotic medications also puts
people at risk for drug-resistant pneumococcus. Estimates
are that every year pneumococcus causes 7 million cases of
otitis media (ear infection) in children; 100,000 - 135,000
hospitalizations for pneumonia; 50,000 cases of bloodstream
infection; and 3,000 cases of meningitis.
1. Two weeks after healthy,
16-month-old Melissa starts at a day care center, she
develops a fever and pulls on her ears. Her pediatrician
diagnoses otitis media, a common bacterial ear infection,
and prescribes an oral antibiotic. But Melissa's condition
grows worse and she is hospitalized with fever, vomiting,
and lethargy. Spinal tap results show bacterial meningitis
caused by pneumococcus, the same organism that caused her
ear infection. She is put on IV antibiotics but with no
improvement. An abscess develops in her brain, causing a
coma. She is then put on vancomycin, the strongest
antibiotic available, and starts to get better.
2. Several elderly nursing home
residents visit a hospital emergency room; they have high
fevers, shortness of breath, and coughing. Doctors suspect
pneumonia, prescribe a standard antibiotic, and release the
patients. A few days later, the patients return; blood tests
reveal pneumococcal bacteria still in their bloodstreams.
One resident dies; the hospital calls the state health
department to investigate. They find the residents had not
been vaccinated as recommended. The investigator is stumped
by the antibiotic failures. More residents die and the
investigation continues. Investigators learn of similar
cases reported to the CDC, indicating a growing public
health problem. The remaining patients are treated with an IV antibiotic
and all other nursing home residents are vaccinated against
pneumococcus, ending the outbreak.
Pneumonia is a leading cause of death in nursing homes in
the U.S. each year.
Can Germicidal UV Help With
Absolutely. The use of UV technology can
help eliminate harmful microorganisms like Pneumococcus,
preventing outbreaks and essentially SAVE LIVES. UVtronics
strongly encourages all public facilities to utilize UV
technology and we are proud to offer it to the community.
Please contact us to find out
which products and services are best for your facility.
1. "Antibiotic Resistance in Nursing
Homes and Day Care Centers,