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Hospital picks a High-Tech Disinfectant
October 6, 2009 - IAQ
Oklahoma's Muskogee Community Hospital opened in March 2009 and has already achieved many firsts. It is the first health care facility to garner the EPA's "Designed to Earn the Energy Star" recognition. MCH is also the first hospital to use a closed-loop ground source geothermal system that covers the facility's entire heating and cooling needs.
Adding to the list of innovations, MCH is the first hospital to use UVC technology throughout the facility as part of its infection control strategy.
The hospital is equipped with at least two and sometimes three layers of UVC protection â€” UVC Emitters are installed in the outside air intake, in the 77 individual air handling units that serve virtually all patient areas, and in seven ceiling-mounted devices that are specially engineered for after-hours disinfection of the surgical and procedural areas.
The devices use high output UVC energy to eradicate airborne viruses and bacteria as well as surface biofilm/mold and pathogens, to improve indoor air quality and reduce hospital acquired infections.
UVC is also used in the heat pump units to clean the coil and drain pan surfaces of biofilm buildup.
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