Autonomous UV-C: The Best Solution for Perioperative Disinfection

by | Mar 27, 2023 | Articles, Content, Disinfection

Autonomous UV-C solutions like OhmniClean can provide efficient and effective perioperative disinfection.

Perioperative disinfection is a crucial aspect of maintaining a safe and hygienic environment in surgical settings. The risk of infection is a significant concern for patients, healthcare workers, and facilities alike, as it can result in increased hospital stays, treatment costs, and even mortality. While disinfection methods have evolved over time, the prevalence of infection in perioperative services is still a major issue. In this post, we’ll explore the issues surrounding disinfection in surgical settings and discuss how innovative solutions like OhmniClean can provide efficient and effective disinfection for perioperative services.

Prevalence of Infection in Perioperative Services

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in 31 hospital patients has at least one infection on any given day. In surgical settings, the risk is even higher, with up to 7% of patients developing an infection during the process of an operation.

Tools used for surgical procedures and perioperative services

These infections during the perioperative process can lead to a range of complications for patients, such as an increased risk of readmission, prolonged hospital stays, and increased healthcare costs. In fact, the average cost of treating an infection can be upwards of $48,000 per patient. In addition, they can result in patient morbidity and mortality, which can have long-term effects on patient outcomes and quality of life.

All of this highlights the need for effective disinfection. By reducing the risk of infection, we can help improve patient outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and enhance overall safety in perioperative services.

Doctors and staff performing an operation

Disinfection Strategies

Effective disinfection strategies are essential for reducing the risk of infection in perioperative services. The use of chemical disinfectants, such as quaternary ammonium compounds and bleach, is commonly used for surface disinfection. However, these methods can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and may not effectively eliminate all microorganisms.

However, UV-C disinfection, such as OhmniClean, can provide for efficient and effective disinfection. OhmniClean is autonomous, meaning it navigates the room on its own accord, ensuring that no spot is missed. It also accomplishes this task in significantly less time than manual cleaning or stationary UV emitters.

OhmniClean- UV-C Disinfection Robot for Perioperative Services

One major advantage of OhmniClean’s speed is the potential to disinfect between surgical cases, rather than waiting until the end of the day. On average, the time between cases ranges from 30 minutes to 1 hour, during which the surgical suite must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to reduce the risk of infections. But if using OhmniClean for the perioperative disinfection process, that time could be effectively shortened.

By creating more efficient turnover times, a hospital could increase the number of patients that can be treated in a given day while also keeping them safer through each stage of the perioperative process. This would lead to better patient outcomes, increased productivity, and improved patient satisfaction.

FAQs About Perioperative Disinfection

Q: What are some common disinfection methods used in perioperative services?
A: Common disinfection methods in perioperative services include chemical disinfectants, such as quaternary ammonium compounds and bleach. However, these methods can be time-consuming and may not effectively eliminate all microorganisms.

Q: How does UV-C disinfection work?
A: UV-C disinfection uses ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria and viruses. The high-energy light disrupts the DNA and RNA of microorganisms, preventing them from replicating and causing infections.

Q: What are the benefits of using an autonomous UV-C disinfecting robot like OhmniClean?
A: OhmniClean is highly effective at eliminating harmful microorganisms, fast, and efficient. A typical operating room can be disinfected in just 10 minutes, allowing for more efficient turnover times and increased patient throughput. Finally, OhmniClean can even clean between patients, greatly optimizing the perioperative disinfection process.

Q: How can OhmniClean help improve patient outcomes in perioperative services?
A: By providing fast and effective disinfection, OhmniClean can help reduce the risk of HAIs in perioperative settings. This can lead to shorter hospital stays, reduced healthcare costs, and improved patient satisfaction.

Q: Is UV-C disinfection safe for use in perioperative services?
A: Yes, UV-C disinfection is safe when used appropriately. OhmniClean is designed to emit UV-C light only when it is safe to do so, and the robot is equipped with safety features to prevent human exposure to the light. Additionally, OhmniClean is designed to be used in conjunction with other cleaning and disinfection methods to provide a comprehensive approach to perioperative disinfection.

OhmniClean for Perioperative Disinfection

Perioperative disinfection is critical to keeping patients safe in pre- and post-surgical settings. Understanding the prevalence of infection in perioperative services is essential for informing effective disinfection strategies. OhmniClean is an exceptional solution for efficient disinfection in perioperative services. As healthcare facilities continue to prioritize infection control and prevention, the use of innovative disinfection methods like OhmniClean will play a vital role in achieving successful outcomes.

Curious to see how OhmniClean can optimize perioperative disinfection for you organization?

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