Science & Technology
A study conducted in partnership with New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell medical center in New York and published in The Journal of Hospital Infection showed the efficacy of the SteriLocker.
Soiled reusable white coats swabbed pre- and post-UVC exposure with Candida albicans and E. coli
… complete cessation of microbial growth after five minutes of UVC exposure in the locker
… small dimension of the UV locker does not require large amount of hospital space for implementation and thus, multiple UV lockers can be strategically positioned throughout the hospital
… a UVC germicidal locker for … rapid and effective sterilization …could minimize the transmission of clinical pathogens and potentially decrease the burden of HAI globally.
… laundering does not sterilize potential pathogens on the coat, which could contribute to future HAI.
UVC Light Technology
Short-wavelength ultraviolet C (UVC) is a naturally occurring spectrum of light that is not visible to the human eye. Germicidal effectiveness is a factor of the UVC light wavelength (measured in nm) and the direct line of sight between a microorganism and the UVC light.
Benefits of UVC
UVC is a physical, not chemical sterilization process
UVC has been proven effective in killing viruses, bacteria, mold, and spores
It disrupts the DNA of microorganisms, killing them or destroying their ability to reproduce
It is chemical free and does not create germ mutations or antibiotic-resistant pathogens and is non-toxic
Why is UVC better than other options?
Standard cleaning procedures involve application of detergents and disinfectants. The efficacy of these manual cleaning procedures can vary considerably. Cleaning (Traditional Laundering) processes reduce the number of contaminants but does not kill all microbial organisms. Disinfection processes remove most microbial organisms but do not inactivate all spores. Sterilization processes are required to kill all microorganisms. The following is a comparison of sterilization processes: