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Ultraviolet wands aid in cleaning

January 17, 2012
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VANCOUVER, BC — Cleaning inspections at Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) will now involve some high-tech detective work, according to the Vancouver Sun.

The new handheld ultraviolet lights aren''t as technologically advanced as similar devices seen in television crime shows, and certain news magazines are claiming the technology is actually a step down from ultraviolet wands illuminating contagious viruses in household bathrooms or DNA on hotel bedspreads, the article stated.

"It''s similar technology, but we''re using it in a low-tech way," said Murray Hutchison, VIHA''s corporate director of general support services.

According to the article, VIHA staff will identify and mark 10 of the "most touched points" in a given room or area of a health facility; if the mark is still there 24 hours later, the area hasn''t been sufficiently cleaned.

Improper cleaning methods and insufficient cleaner strength played a significant role in an 11-month C. difficile outbreak that started in 2008 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and infected 94 people and killed five, the article noted.

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