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Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® System

The Power of Ultraviolet Technology – for Even Better,
More Comprehensive Surface Coverage in Hospitals

Successfully used by over 250 hospitals and four of the top five IDNs across the US.

Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV
Enlight® System
 

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Read a few frequently asked questions about Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems

What is the difference between the Optimum-UV Enlight® and Optimum-UV® Systems?

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The Optimum-UV Enlight® offers the same proven efficacy, safety features and device maneuverability of the Optimum-UV®, and augments the system with advanced data collection and reporting capabilities that help healthcare facilities ensure that they are maximizing their device usage and getting the efficacy they are counting on.

What are the key benefits of Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems?

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Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems provide the optimal balance of (1) strong performance, (2) quality, user-friendly design and (3) affordability. They give hospitals an effective, high-quality UV solution at an affordable cost. Refer to the At a Glance tab for additional details regarding the key benefits of owning a Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® System

How exactly does this UV technology kill pathogens?

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UV-C is the highest-energy form of ultraviolet light. Since UV-C rays are filtered by the earth's atmosphere, organisms have not developed a natural defense against UV-C energy. When the DNA of a microorganism absorbs UV-C energy, molecular instability occurs, resulting in the disruption of the DNA sequence. This renders the cell unable to grow or reproduce. Without the ability to reproduce, the cell cannot infect, and it rapidly dies. The amount of UV-C energy needed to inactivate a given microorganism is measured by dose, which is determined by a combination of UV-C energy, distance and exposure time.

 

Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems produce UV-C energy via ultraviolet lamps that emit a predominately discrete wavelength of approximately 254 nm, the ideal wavelength to kill microorganisms by inactivating their DNA.

How long does the reduction of pathogens last?

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As with any surface pathogen reduction technique, the log reduction on the treated surface will be at its maximum at the completion of the cleaning and disinfection process. Soon after, surfaces will begin to become recontaminated with microorganisms that may be transported by air currents or through healthcare worker or patient touches.

Can Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems replace manual cleaning and disinfection? If not, how do they work together?

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Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems should be used as a supplement to — not as a replacement for — standard terminal cleaning and disinfection protocols. Facilities should follow their room cleaning and disinfection protocols before using a UV device and consult CDC, SHEA and APIC guidelines for additional steps to take as part of a bundled cleaning and disinfection approach.

Are there specific types of rooms or areas where the use of UV technology is recommended? Are there places where it is not recommended?

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Facilities should adapt the use of Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems based on their needs. Often UV technology is used to supplement manual cleaning and disinfection in high-risk areas such as operating rooms, emergency rooms, patient rooms and bathrooms, oncology rooms and burn units.

Does UV-C penetrate sheets and curtains? What about glass?

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Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems utilize “line-of-sight” pathogen reduction technology, so the target surface(s) must be directly exposed to the device’s UV energy. UV-C energy will not penetrate materials such as paper, soil, cloth, plastic, ordinary glass or spill residue.

Can I look at the device through a window while it is operating?

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Yes. UV-C does not penetrate glass.

What happens if someone walks in while the UV device is operating?

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Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems have four infrared motion sensors to prevent operation if people are present. The device will stop immediately if it detects any motion in the room.

Do Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems produce chemicals or by-products?

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After completion of the treatment cycle, the room may be immediately occupied. Clorox Healthcare® Optimum-UV® Systems do not generate any harmful by-products, nor do they leave behind any residual substances. A faint “clean air” smell may be detected in the room after the disinfection cycle. This is because UV-C breaks down the molecules associated with odors in the air. The “clean air” smell’s chemical composition has been documented and analyzed, and has been found to pose no risk.

Do Optimum-UV® System lamps contain mercury?

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Yes, Optimum-UV® Systems use low-pressure mercury lamps that emit shortwave UV-C radiation.

Does the use of mercury lamps produce a safety hazard?

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When used appropriately, mercury lamps do not produce a safety hazard.

 

Low-pressure mercury lamps, like those in Optimum-UV® Systems, may contain up to 20 mg of mercury per lamp. To put this in perspective, common four-foot fluorescent bulbs, which are also low-pressure mercury discharge lamps, contain about 20 mg of mercury. In a typical hospital, all the fluorescent lamps make up only 0.07% of the mercury in the facility.

 

What’s more, Optimum-UV® System lamps are compliant with the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) and are therefore recognized as non-hazardous waste by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The mercury concentration in the lamps was measured to be 0.015 mg/L, a full order of magnitude below the 0.2 mg/L limit.

 

Even though UV and fluorescent bulbs account for a minimal amount of mercury, hospitals should still dispose of broken or used bulbs properly.

Why has Clorox Healthcare partnered with UVDI?

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At Clorox Healthcare, we are committed to helping combat the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Partnering with UVDI enables us to offer hospitals an even more comprehensive surface solution than we have so far.

 

Like Clorox, UVDI has a trusted history and a commitment to quality and design. A third-generation family-owned business with over 60 years of history, UVDI has built one of the most comprehensive research, development and engineering capabilities in UV technology.

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Free CE Course: UV-C for Hospital Surfaces

Learn about UV-C technology's benefits and limitations in the hospital setting, device selection criteria and more.

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CE Course: The Fundamentals of UV for Hospital Surface Treatment

 

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