Schneck Implements the Power of Ultraviolet Technology against Hospital Infections
July 28, 2016
Schneck is one of the first hospitals in Indiana to adopt the Clorox HealthcareTM Optimum-UVTM System, adding an extra innovative precaution to its existing infection control processes.
The Clorox HealthcareTM Optimum-UVTM System utilizes UV-C, the highest-energy form of ultraviolet light, to kill germs that pose a threat to the healthcare environment. The UV light inactivates the germs’ DNA, rendering them harmless and unable to replicate. The system is effective against a range of dangerous germs, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and C. diff (Clostridium difficile) spores, in just five minutes.
“Patient safety is a top priority at Schneck,” said Anita Reecer, RN, BSN, Infection Preventionist. “We chose a UV device as an added measure to help us prevent healthcare-associated infections and ensure the safest possible environment of care for our patients, staff, and visitors. The device is able to treat areas that are difficult to clean manually, leaving no crevice unturned.”
Schneck uses the system to disinfect our surgical suites, inpatient and outpatient areas. The device is run after the environmental services team thoroughly cleans and disinfects each room with a surface disinfectant. The UV device is then used to supplement these efforts, adding a final layer of protection. In a typical patient room, the device is placed on both sides of the patient bed and turned on for five minutes in each position. It’s also placed in the patient bathroom for another five minute cycle.
“Cleaning and disinfection plays a crucial role in infection prevention and with germs such as C. diff able to survive on surfaces for months at a time, we felt it was important to implement even more comprehensive cleaning procedures as part of our daily cleaning practices,” said Reecer. “We’ve found that the Clorox HealthcareTM Optimum-UVTM System provides an effective, high-quality and easy to use solution that has helped achieve reductions to our already low infection rates.”
The adoption of the UV device has not only shown initial reductions in infection rates, but also gives patient and staff peace of mind that their safety is what is most important to Schneck.
NewsStay up to date with our RSS feed

Recent News


All Tags

. :quit 3D tomo advanced care aging aging parents AHA allied health allied health scholarship Alzheimer's Amanda Dick Anesthesiology annual report award baby baby friendly baldrige beckers best place to work bilingual bilingual speech therapy blood pressure board of trustees BOT bp breasfeeding breast cancer breastfeeding cancer cancer center cancer treatment car seat recycling car seat safety check care source caresource center ceo cervical cancer changing places chief nursing officer chief operating officer chief quality officer child safety advocate award clinical services clorox optimum uv cmo CMS cno coloCARE colonoscopy colorectal cancer commission on cancer community coronavirus COVID customer experience DAISY DAISY Award dementia digital postcard distinguished service award dr. bud dr. conway dr. wilson dr. woods drug drop off drug take back emergency department employee engagement employees endocrinology excellence expansion experience family family care family life center family physician family practice flu forgey foundation foundation scholarship free gastroenterology general surgery giving back golf great american smokeout grief grief share GriefShare guild healthcare exchange healthgrades healthy together hepatitis b high quality hip replacement home services hospice hospitalist ICU iha immunization IN School of Nursing Indiana Hospital Association infant infection control innovation intensive care unit IUSON jackson park family physicians joint pain joint replacement jr volunteer junior volunteer knee replacement lactation clinic lean six sigma leapfrog life lifestyle medicine line lower cost magnet mammo marketplace medical school medical students medicine memory loss neurology neurosurgery new medical office building new nurse new physician north vernon nurse nurse residency program nursing nursing excellence nursing scholarship nursing scholarships OB/Gyn opioid abuse orthopedics outcomes outstanding achievement award parents patient care patient centered patient centered medical home patient experience patient postcard patient safety patient satisfaction pcmh pediatrics performance excellence physician physician practices podiatry pregnancy president primary care PrimaryCare pulmonology quality quality of care quit smoking recycling rehab rehab center rehabilitation respiratory clinic restore hope restore life restore hope. restore life. restrictions rn rumschlag rural ceo to know rural health safety safety rating salem schneck schneck cancer center schneck ceo schneck family care schneck foundation schneck guild Schneck Hospice Schneck nursing schneck orthopedics & sports medicine schneck pain center schneck physician schneck podiatry schneck primary care schneck professional building schneck pulmonology schneck rehab schneck rehab center schneck rehabilitation schneck specialty associates schneck urgent care schneck volunteers scholarship scholarship. scholarships service and leadership simulation lab smoking cessation speech therapy sports sports medicine stop smoking stroke surgery surgical associates tammy dye telehealth telemedicine tomo top 100 top 20 top ceo top CMO total joint replacement Towriss urgent care VA community care network vaccine value value of care vice president vice president of nursing volunteer VP of nursing warren forgey well life women & children workforce workplace xray