Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) pose a significant health risk to our nation, especially to those most in need of healthcare. One in every 25 people admitted to a hospital will be infected by one or more HAIs. Significant reductions in HAI risks can be advanced through innovative technologies, such as UV antimicrobial disinfecting devices. Development of such technologies, along with the associated Behavioral, Chemical and Technological protocols to combat infectious HAIs is a worthwhile pursuit for the public good. A significant good will be accomplished by engaging optical scientists and engineers as well as healthcare professionals in opportunities to advance light-driven antimicrobial devices to halt infections. Fundamental change can be effected through a path of advancing standards and methods including optical measurements, and testing the efficacy of UV light antimicrobial devices and related technologies.
Troy E. Cowan, "Healthcare acquired infection (HAIs): a deadly problem that is preventable: UV can help, what’s holding it back?," Proc. SPIE 10479, Light-Based Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, 104791A (Presented at SPIE BiOS: January 31, 2018; Published: 8 February 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2288584.
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