Kevin Benner, a Lead Design Engineer in the New Technology Introduction group at Current, Powered by GE recently wrote:
“Improved environmental disinfection has the potential to reduce the number of contracted HAIs, and a UVA disinfection lighting system may be an effective supplement to existing cleaning methods. The financial benefits of improved HAI prevention may range from $6 billion to as high as $31.5 billion annually in the U.S., if between 20 and 70 percent of HAIs are assumed to be preventable.
There may be additional needs to reduce environmental pathogens to prevent community acquired diseases. Some examples might be the need to reduce MRSA in locker rooms or in other public spaces, as community-acquired MRSA becomes a growing threat to consider alongside hospital-acquired diseases.
There exist also potential applications in spaces outside of the healthcare or community settings. The CDC estimates that there are 48 million foodborne illnesses every year, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Since typical cleaning procedures used in the food industry may not remove all bacteria from cleaned surfaces, UVA disinfection may be a useful supplement in the food and beverage industry as well.”