BrightBot is proposing a radical change in cleaning protocols using UVC technology.
BrightBot proposes to use UVC technology at the beginning of the cleaning protocol, BEFORE your staff wipes down the room for all airborne precaution rooms.
BrightBot is proposing a radical change in cleaning protocols using UVC technology. BrightBot proposes to use UVC technology at the beginning of the cleaning protocol, before your staff wipes down the room for all airborne precaution rooms. Airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 are primarily transmitted by airborne particles so why not increase the safety of the cleaning crew by sanitizing the air BEFORE they spend 10- 15 minutes wiping down the patient room.
The mindset in the industry now is to use UVC technology at the end of the cleaning protocol, after wiping a room down, for terminal cleaning. This is because UVC light does not penetrate more than a few cells deep and any debris on surfaces may block the UVC light from sanitizing that surface. Due to the high cost of hospital grade UVC germicidal towers, they are usually only used in terminal cleaning of operating rooms or highly infectious patient rooms. For spore forming pathogens such as Cdiff this is this is still the preferred cleaning protocol.
The real benefit of UVC is to sanitize areas that cannot be regularly wiped down such as walls, equipment mounted to walls, ceilings, curtains, windows, and airborne pathogens. In most infectious patient rooms, germicidal wipes are the only method used to clean heavy use surfaces. Routinely using “UVC First” after infectious patients can only reduce the total pathogen load especially in areas not routinely wiped down.
1. Reduction of pathogens in areas not normally cleaned.
How often does your hospital change curtains, wipe down walls, equipment mounted to walls, windows, ceilings? Probably not after every infectious patient. Pathogen load builds up on these surfaces over time and utilizing “UVC First” will dramatically reduce this pathogen load. Reducing pathogen load will reduce Hospital acquired Infections which account for 90,000 patient deaths and 25-45 billion dollars annually in the US.
2. Reduction in time.
Hospital staff such as techs or nurses place the UVC tower in the infectious patient room immediately after the patient leaves their room. The UVC tower will be sanitizing the room during the time it takes the cleaning staff to arrive. Usually, a room can be UVC sanitized in less than 10 minutes. This technique requires little or no additional time to turn a room around and be ready for the next patient. Utilizing UVC technology at the end of the protocol will always add time to the cleaning process. Additionally, there will not be a perceived lag time between the time the patient leaves the room and the time that the cleaning staff arrive at the room because the cleaning process has already started.
3. Protect cleaning staff.
Placing the UVC sanitizing at the beginning of the cleaning protocol protects the environmental services staff by sanitizing for airborne pathogens and other pathogens that are in the room on any surface the UVC light hits. A similar analogy would be the methodology of clearing a minefield. Use a device to clear out 99% of the mines before you send your soldiers in to manually clear out the last 1% of the mines. You lose less soldiers this way.
4. Staff satisfaction.
Proactively using “UVC First” in your cleaning protocols for airborne precaution patient rooms will be perceived positively by staff. This can be used as a talking point in the hiring process and for staff retention.
At $8,900 our product is very cost effective compared to existing medical grade UVC towers, which range from $25,000 up to $125,000. Our price point allows hospitals to purchase and use upwards of ten BrightBot UVC towers simultaneously in the ED and on the floors. All airborne precaution rooms could routinely be sanitized with “UVC First”. We have no software licensing fees and maintenance costs are approximately $500 a year for replacement bulbs.
Our products are simple in design and simple to use. Training can be done in approximately 30 minutes. The towers operate using a remote controller. There is no software interface or computer program. Simply place the BrightBot UVC tower in the room, plug it in, exit the room, close the door and turn it on using the remote while outside the room. After the specified period of time, you click it off and remove the BrightBot germicidal tower from the room, being ready for the next room to be sanitized. Due to the simplicity, no additional employees need to be hired to operate the system.
I have seen it work.
We have been using three BrightBot UVC germicidal towers at my hospital in the ED for the past year to clean behind Covid patients. When a Covid patient was discharged or admitted, nurses and techs placed the BrightBot UVC germicidal towers in the ED rooms and turned them on.
After 10 minutes, they turned the BrightBot UVC tower off and removed it before the environmental services staff cleaned the rooms.
We had 40 rooms in the ED that we used to treat patients. There were no complaints of the UVC towers slowing down patient flow, and ED staff and environmental services staff worked together effortlessly to keep each other safe.
After seeing the results in the ED, my hospital bought 8 more UVC towers using them on the floors, in the OR and in the dental clinic.
The hospital is now able to utilize 11 BrightBot UVC germicidal towers for less than the cost of a system they were inquiring about 3 years previous that cost over $100,000 and would have taken 3FTE’s to operate.
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