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With an increasing U.S. population and the steady development of drug-resistant pathogens, controlling the spread of germs in our public facilities has become vital. Germicidal UV eliminates disease causing viruses and bacteria before they can be quickly spread throughout a community. Outbreaks of Influenza (Flu), the Common Cold and more serious illnesses such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis can be contained with the use of Germicidal UV.

 

The following are just a few of the public facilities where germicidal UV should be utilized:

  • Nursing Homes

  • Day Care Centers

  • Clinics

  • Shelters

  • Restaurants

  • Grocery Stores

  • Shopping Malls

  • Movie Theaters

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 Elderly

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.

Case Examples

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 Prevention?

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.

 

 


CITED WORK

1.  "Antibiotic Resistance in Nursing Homes and Day Care Centers, www.cdc.gov

 

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