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Tip of the week: A new approach to consider for tuberculosis prevention

Hospital Safety Insider, May 6, 2009

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Those of you interested in exploring how ultraviolet (UV) germicidal irradiation can help protect healthcare workers for tuberculosis exposures should check out a new government publication.
 
Environmental Control for Tuberculosis: Basic Upper-Room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Guidelines for Healthcare Settings was recently posted online by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The 87-page document provides guidance to healthcare facility designers and engineers about how to set up an effective upper-room UV germicidal irradiation system.
 
UV units comprise arrays of lights installed in air ducts and other areas to kill airborne organisms circulating through hospitals. UV refers to a spectrum of light that kills bacteria.



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