Kentucky doctor integrates technology with cutting edge application
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Elizabethtown Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. James K. Hargan made safety protocols at his practice an overarching priority long before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Now, as businesses begin the practice of phased-reopening in Kentucky and across the country, Hargan is committed to adding additional measures to ensure everyone who enters his office and treatment rooms can do so with confidence in the knowledge the facility is clean and sanitary 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Prior to being notified of his reopening date, Hargan purchased five Bovie UV24 Continuous UV-C Air Purification Systems within the overhead lighting system and had them installed at his practice. And while UV-C technology has been around for decades, the ability to safely use it in occupied spaces is a recent game changer.
“Safety for our patients and staff has always been a top priority for the Oral and Facial Surgery Center of Kentucky and today that discussion of safety is more important than ever during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hargan said. “We wanted our patients to know that we’re going above and beyond the standard health guidelines for reopening our practice, which was permitted earlier this month.”
UV-C is a type of ultraviolet light, also known as Germicidal UV. It has the power to kill or incapacitate bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses by destroying the DNA of dangerous pathogens. This is an extremely powerful technology to facilitate clean air because there are no known microorganisms immune to UV-C energy. Miniscule airborne droplets hold microorganisms that can transmit diseases such as measles, influenza and tuberculosis to humans. Germicidal UV light has a specific wavelength that breaks the DNA of these microorganisms and prohibits them from reproducing. Microorganisms that lack the ability to reproduce are consequently harmless. UV-C technology has a long-standing history of contributing to cleanliness in the medical industry and more recently, it is being offered in the consumer space to clean mobile phones.
“The issue with using UV light to disinfect the air before now, was exposing humans to it,” he said. “With this new application, the UV light is contained which ensures people aren’t exposed to the harmful rays. This system, coupled with our already stringent cleaning procedures, allows for a perpetual state of disinfection and superior hygiene practices throughout our clinic.”
According to leading indoor air quality expert and author of Hospital Airborne Infection Control, Dr. Wladyslaw Kowalski, the system delivers air of the highest purity, with disinfection rates approaching 100%. Targeted microorganisms include MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter, Streptococcus species, Influenza, VZV, Pseudomonas, Clostridium difficile, and other causative agents of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
Hargan hopes protective measures such as the use of UV-C Air Purification Systems will help to calm COVID-19-related anxiety and reassure citizens that going to their doctor and dentist appointments is safe and necessary.
“The sooner we collectively provide the safest environment possible for our patients and staff, the sooner I see our world and our economy resembling something similar to what we remember them being only three short months ago,” he added.
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