UV light kills CRE in 15 minutes

Study looks at efficacy of using ultraviolet light on high-touch surfaces

June 1, 2016

Study finds efficacy UV light kills CRE on high-touch surfaces in 15 minutes, according to an article on the Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality website.

The research focused on eliminating Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) organisms such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, E. coli and Enterobacter cloacae. 

The high-touch areas included the bed rail, vitals monitor, keyboard, tray table, call box, sink, shower curtain and toilet seat.

The study found UV light treatment was "highly effective" at killing CRE on high-touch surfaces within 15 minutes of exposure.

Read the article.



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