January 24, 2010
The Ultra-Violet C, UVC, lights at the new Martha Jefferson Hospital, will do more than cast a bluish glow, they will actually work to create a healthier environment.
"Ultra-Violet C, UVC, is known as the germicidal type ultra violet that destroys bacteria, virus and mold even at a DNA level," explained Mike Spatz the Director of Support Services for Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The UVC lights are attached to the air handlers and will make sure the air that circulates through the hospital is clean. The lights will help to ensure patients and employees are less likely to get sick.
"They are getting a cleaner air to breath inside while they are doing their job. The patients also have a cleaner air coming into their patient room," said Spatz.
A study in Orlando, Florida found that when UVC lights were accidentally turned off, hospital staff reported allergies such as coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. However, when the lights were turned back on those symptoms went away.
The lights will serve multiple purposes, they will cut back on maintenance work, save energy and save money.
"For Martha Jefferson that equates to hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy savings," said Spatz