Ultraviolet radiation and air contamination during total hip replacement

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Ultraviolet (uv) radiation of the operating room was assessed bacteriologically in an open randomized study of 30 total hip procedures. Volumetric air-sampling demonstrated that the number of colony forming units (cfu m-3) were significantly reduced (P less than 0.001) by uv light, both close to the wound and in the periphery of the operating room. No adverse effects of the uv-irradiation were observed either in the patients or the staff. In operating rooms fitted with a 'zonal ventilation' system and with an air change rate of about 70 h-1, the addition of uv irradiation during surgery may achieve 'ultra clean' air. However, in conventionally ventilated operating rooms uv-irradiation alone is probably not sufficient to do so.

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  • Microbiology in the medical area
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-184
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes