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Denison, IA) – The Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of a new Ultraviolet (UV) light recently to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections (HAI) among patients. The new, state-of-the-art equipment, called the Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV Enlight® System, is a portable system used to kill bacteria and pathogens in hospital patient rooms, surgery suites, clinic exam rooms, birthing suites, bathrooms and other areas of the hospital.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients in the United States has at least one healthcare associated infection (HAI). Since 2009, the CDC has been working with healthcare providers in the U.S. to eliminate HAI’s.

Heather Rasmussen, CCMH Infection Preventionist, said the purchase and implementation of the UV light reflects the Board of Trustee’s insistence on continued prevention of HAI’s to protect the lives of CCMH patients.

“Patient safety is a top priority at CCMH and we are very confident the new UV light will provide the best possible protection from hospital acquired infections,” Rasmussen noted. The Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV Enlight® System is successfully used by more than 300 hospitals and four of the top five Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) across the US. The UV light delivers a programmed dose of short-wavelength ultraviolet light (UV-C) to kill pathogens on hospital surfaces. When incorporated with routine cleaning and disinfection protocols, this provides the highest level of protection for patients.

Rasmussen said the environmental services staff at CCMH are currently being trained on the use of the UV light. Once training is completed, the UV light will be rolled out in the hospital and clinics.