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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