Evaluation of an ultraviolet room disinfection protocol to decrease nursing home microbial burden, infection and hospitalization rates

Kovach C. R. , Taneli Y., Neiman T., Dyer E. M. , Arzaga A. J. A. , Kelber S. T.

BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.17, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s12879-017-2275-2
  • Title of Journal : BMC INFECTIOUS DISEASES


Background: The focus of nursing home infection control procedures has been on decreasing transmission between healthcare workers and residents. Less evidence is available regarding whether decontamination of high-touch environmental surfaces impacts infection rates or resident outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine if ultraviolet disinfection is associated with changes in: 1) microbial counts and adenosine triphosphate counts on hightouch surfaces; and 2) facility wide nursing home acquired infection rates, and infection-related hospitalization.