Disinfecting personal protective equipment with pulsed xenon ultraviolet as a risk mitigation strategy for health care workers

Published on Apr 1, 2015in American Journal of Infection Control2.294
· DOI :10.1016/J.AJIC.2015.01.013
Chetan Jinadatha13
Estimated H-index: 13
(TU: Temple University),
Sarah E. Simmons4
Estimated H-index: 4
+ 6 AuthorsMark Stibich20
Estimated H-index: 20
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Abstract
The doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) after contamination with pathogens such as Ebola poses a risk to health care workers. Pulsed xenon ultraviolet (PX-UV) disinfection has been used to disinfect surfaces in hospital settings. This study examined the impact of PX-UV disinfection on an Ebola surrogate virus on glass carriers and PPE material to examine the potential benefits of using PX-UV to decontaminate PPE while worn, thereby reducing the pathogen load prior to doffing. Ultraviolet (UV) safety and coverage tests were also conducted. PX-UV exposure resulted in a significant reduction in viral load on glass carriers and PPE materials. Occupational Safety and Health Administration–defined UV exposure limits were not exceeded during PPE disinfection. Predoffing disinfection with PX-UV has potential as an additive measure to the doffing practice guidelines. The PX-UV disinfection should not be considered sterilization; all PPE should still be considered contaminated and doffed and disposed of according to established protocols.
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