Do Ultraviolet Markers Really Work?

It is no longer good enough to visually inspect areas for cleanliness.  The most harmful bugs are invisible to the naked eye.  Given this, there are more an more options available for inspection in the cleaning industry.  ATP meters are great tools but can be cost prohibitive to small organizations.  Ultraviolet Markers are one of the cheapest ways to verify and reinforce the cleaning performed; but do they really work?


Dating back to November of 2008, a study was published documenting the effectiveness of Ultraviolet Markers in the healthcare setting.  The study followed 36 acute care hospitals raning in size from 25 to 721 beds and involved three phases: pre-intervention analysis, programmatic analysis and educational interventions, and performance feedback and programmatic analysis.  At the beginning of the study, 48% of surfaces were being cleaned.  By the end, 77% of surfaces were cleaned.


The study monitored the cleaning of 14 surfaces including the sink, tray table, toliet seat, flush handle, side rail, bedside table, call box, chair, telephone, bathroom door knobs, bathroom handhold, bathroom light switch, room door knobs, and bedpan cleaner.


Throughout the implementation period, the hospitals used basic interventions to optimize disinfection cleaning policies, procedures and EVS staff education and practice.


Ultraviolet Markers were simply one tool used on the path to better cleaning procedures, increase accountability, and a more educated staff.  Could this have been done without Ultraviolet Markers? Yes – however, the Ultraviolet Markers were the catalyst that set the hospitals on their journey towards improved infection control.


If you’d like information on Ultraviolet Markers retailing at approximately $36.50/kit, also available through Pike Systems, click here: .


For more information on the CDC’s Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health Care, click here:


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The Power of Sanotracin RTU from Pike Systems

Pike Systems introduces Sanotracin RTU, a highly effective EPA-registered sporicide, bactericide, virucide, tuberculocide, and fungicide offering a 3 minute C-Diff kill claim and six log disinfection – 99.9999%.

The patented, hyperactive chemistry provides fast results.  With its shorter kill times and powerful wetting agents, Sanotracin RTU stays wet longer and works faster.  The result, assured efficacy against hard-to-kill C. difficle spores and other dangerous pathogens every time you clean and disinfect.


Sanotracin RTU provides maximum effectiveness without the risks of bleach, which include damage to carpet, clothing, upholstery, LCD screens, medical equipemnt, and other surfaces; handling and mixing of bleach by the housekeeping staff; and respiratory issues for patients and staff.   In addition, one-step, one-application Sanotracin RTU saves time and labor cost compared to bleach which requires a pre-cleaning and a rinse.


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Sanotracin RTU Approved by the Illinois EPA – 3 Minute C-Diff Kill Claim

Pike Systems introduces Sanotracin, a sporicidal disinfectant cleaner, that has the fastest C-Diff Kill claim in the industry.  Sanotracin effectively disinfects surfaces and kills C-Diff 2 minutes faster than Bleach based products.  More information to follow.


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