The Workshop on ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technologies was held January 14 – 15, 2020 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The highly successful public event was cumulated from the on-going, strong collaborative effort between the UV industry, academia, government and public health communities to identify the drivers and impediments to deploying UV technologies in healthcare settings for pathogen abatement.
The workshop’s technical focus was on the effective design, use, and implementation of UV technologies for the prevention and treatment of healthcare-associated infections in complex hospital settings and medical devices. These include patient rooms, operating theaters, common staging areas, ventilation systems, personal protective equipment, and devices for the reprocessing and disinfecting medical instruments. A special emphasis was placed on identifying critical metrology and standards needs for the vital benefit of patients and better public health.