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The microbiological impact of pulsed xenon ultraviolet disinfection on resistant bacteria, bacterial spore and fungi and viruses

Mark Stibich, Julie Stachowiak
Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases | Vol 31, No 1 | a103 | | © 2019 Mark Stibich, Julie Stachowiak | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 May 2019 | Published: 31 March 2016

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Mark Stibich, Xenex Disinfection Services, Texas, United States
Julie Stachowiak, Xenex Disinfection Services, Texas, United States

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Abstract

Pathogens can persist in the patient care environment and cause the risk of transmission to patients. Pulsed xenon ultraviolet (PX-UV) is increasingly being used to disinfect patient rooms, operating rooms and other areas. Data on the impact of PX-UV on resistant bacteria, bacterial spores, fungi, viruses and the Ebola virus are lacking in the literature. Laboratory data are presented in this paper on the log reductions observed after the exposure of PX-UV to a variety of organisms in a laboratory setting.

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hospital-acquired infections; HAIs; organisms; pathogens; pulsed xenon ultraviolet; PX-UV

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