Pulsed ultraviolet light decontamination of artificially-generated microbiological aerosols

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Airborne transmission of infectious organisms is a major public health concern, particularly within healthcare and communal public environments. Methods of environmental decontamination utilising pulsed ultraviolet (UV) light are currently available, however it is important that germicidal efficacy against airborne contamination is established. This study demonstrates evidence of the dose-response kinetics of airborne bacterial contamination when exposed to pulsed UV-rich (PUV) light. Bacterial aerosols (Staphylococcus epidermidis) were generated using a 6-Jet Collison nebuliser, and introduced into a custom-designed aerosol chamber which enabled prolonged airborne suspension and circulation. Bacterial aerosols were exposed to short duration pulses (~20 µs) of UV-rich light emitted from a xenon-filled flashlamp. The lamp was operated using a 1 kV solid–state pulsed power source, with a pulse frequency of 1 Hz, and output energy of 20 J/pulse. Post-treatment, air samples were extracted from the chamber using a BioSampler liquid impinger, and the surviving fraction was enumerated using standard microbiological culture methods. Results demonstrate successful aerosol inactivation, with a 66.4% reduction achieved with only 10 pulses of UV-rich light (P=<0.0002). Inactivation using continuous UV light was also investigated in order to quantify the comparative efficacy of these antimicrobial light regions. In addition to determining the inactivation kinetics, the spectral outputs of the pulsed and continuous UV sources were captured and compared in order to assess their comparative UV-C content, and subsequently assess how this UV content relates to their germicidal efficiency. Overall, results provide evidence of the dose-response kinetics of bacterial aerosols to PUV-rich light. As with continuous UV light, safety restrictions limit its application to unoccupied environments, or within sealed enclosures such as air handling units, however the reduced treatment times with PUV provides operational advantages over continuous light treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2017
EventIEEE International Pulsed Power Conference - the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
Conference number: 21

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Abbreviated titlePPC 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period18/06/1722/06/17

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Decontamination
Ultraviolet Rays
Aerosols
Light
Kinetics
Contamination
Air
Electric Power Supplies
Xenon
Staphylococcus epidermidis
Nebulizers and Vaporizers
Public health
Enclosures
Electric lamps
Suspensions
Public Health
Delivery of Health Care
Safety
Liquids

Keywords

  • infectious organisms
  • healthcare
  • ultraviolet light
  • decontamination techniques
  • bacterial aerosols
  • engineering

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Pulsed ultraviolet light decontamination of artificially-generated microbiological aerosols. / Dougall, Laura; Gillespie, Jonathan B; Maclean, Michelle; Timoshkin, Igor V; Wilson, Mark P; MacGregor, Scott J.

2017. Poster session presented at IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom.

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