A prototype catheter designed for ultraviolet C disinfection

Jimmy Bak, Tanja Begovic

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Abstract

Background
Disinfection of the intraluminal space of single-lumen polymer tubes can be obtained by ultraviolet C (UVC) light exposure from an external light source. In existing catheters UVC disinfection is hampered by the design of the catheter hub and tube connector.

Aim
To demonstrate that it is possible to design a single-lumen catheter with a hub, tube connector and tube parts that can be UVC-disinfected throughout its entire lumen.

Methods
Two single-lumen catheters were designed: one control and one for UVC exposure. They were contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (104–105 cfu/mL) before UVC light exposure, sampling and plate counting.

Findings
Two minutes of UVC exposure was sufficient to obtain 4 log10 disinfection for the full-length prototype catheter. This exposure corresponds to ∼40 mJ/cm2 at the catheter tip and indicates that even shorter exposure times can be achieved.

Conclusions
It is possible to design catheters that can be disinfected throughout the entire lumen. UVC light exposure could be useful as a decontamination method for catheters in clinical use.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume84
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)173–177
ISSN0195-6701
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Catheter
  • Catheter hub
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections
  • Germicidal
  • Intraluminal
  • Ultraviolet C
  • UVC disinfection

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