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HMH Invests in UV Technology to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

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What you need to know

Hackensack Meridian Health is investing in ultraviolet light (UV) technology that can eliminate microorganisms that trigger hospital-acquired infections.

The technology has been piloted in operating rooms, post-acute care units, ICUs and emergency departments, where it has eliminated up to 98 percent of pathogens, according to reports published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

How it works

Developed by New York-based PurpleSun, the technology uses ultraviolet light to disinfect rooms, beds and other equipment during a 90-second cycle.

Unlike chemicals, the technology reaches multiple surfaces in seconds. One study found that it all but eliminates human and product error in the proliferation of pathogens.

Funded through HMH’s $25 million healthcare technology fund

The technology is the second innovation funded through Hackensack Meridian Health’s $25 million fund.

“Preventing the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and infections in our hospitals is foundational for patient safety,” says Dr. Jerry Zuckerman, vice president of infection prevention and control at Hackensack Meridian Health.

The fund has also invested in a home-based health robot that dispenses and refills medication and provides telemedicine consultations and other care options.