Breaking the Chain of Infection

UVAIRx technology has been developed for use in hospital and healthcare facilities to assist in their efforts to enhance the safety of the “environment of care” as defined by The Joint Commission (www.jointcommission.org). Its report, "Infection Prevention and Control Issues in the Environment of Care, 2nd edition (2009)", specifically addresses the impact of nosocomial (originating in the health care environment) infections and their spread, using the Center for Disease Control’s “chain of infection” model. This chain is composed of five links:

  1. pathogen
  2. reservoir (where pathogen lives and grows)
  3. portal of exit
  4. mode of transmission
  5. portal of entry and susceptible host, or uninfected person.

Breaking a single link in this chain stops the spread of infection.  The UVAIRx technology actively breaks it at two points: both the disease-causing pathogen and the reservoir where it thrives.

Transferring this technology from the clinical setting to residential and commercial settings is—such as the technology itself—“a natural.”  For as the EPA states:

“The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and other workplaces is important not only for workers' comfort but also for their health. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.”