According to recent reports, the market for ultraviolet-C disinfection is expected to hit $80 million by the end of this year. In fact, UVC disinfection is such a popular topic that the ECRI Institute included it on its 2017 C-Suite Watch List.

“Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) may be acquired through surgery, the use of medical devices, the hospital environment, the patient’s own flora, and from contact with health care workers (HCWs) and visitors. ​With an estimated one in 25 hospitalized patients having at least one hospital-associated infection on any given day, this serious issue continues to cause morbidity and deaths while adding billions to health care costs,” according to ECRI.

North America is the hub for the UV disinfection equipment market due to hygiene and safety concerns, mainly in food and health care industries.

“The thoroughness of terminal cleaning of patient rooms is one area of focus to reduce HAIs, and some hospitals have adopted environmental disinfection systems that use ultraviolet-C light or hydrogen peroxide vapor (HPV) to complement existing infection control protocols,” ECRI adds. “Two of ECRI Institute’s previous Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch Lists featured devices using ultraviolet (UV) light (disinfection robots) and visible LED ceiling fixtures (Indigo-Clean lights). These devices can also help to battle hard-to-eradicate pathogens like Clostridium difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and other multidrug-resistant organisms. Challenges of using UV robots include their bulk, significant time required to disinfect a room, and lack of continuous disinfection protection. LED fixtures installed in the ceiling can provide continuous disinfection over areas they cover, but may provide undesirable lighting effects that patients don’t like for long periods in their rooms. And neither of these technologies is used to disinfect mobile technologies, such as phones and stethoscopes, which clinicians carry from patient to patient.”

The market growth of UV-C devices is expected to continue.

“As more hospitals take initiative in proactively fighting infectious diseases, demand will continue to grow,” Chuck Dunn, president and CEO of Tru-D SmartUVC, said in a news release.

North America is the hub for the UV disinfection equipment market due to hygiene and safety concerns, mainly in food and health care industries, according to Allied Market Research. This includes water treatment and surface disinfection among other smaller market segments.

“The UV disinfection equipment market would garner revenue of $3.6 billion by 2020,” according to Allied Market Research. “The significance of alternative disinfection methodology such as UV disinfection is growing by the day, as these methods are better than conventional chemical based disinfection. The key driving factors for the market are cost effectiveness as compared to other new disinfection methods, new government initiatives for UV disinfection, concerns of emerging nations to provide safe drinking water, environmentally friendly disinfection system and the use of UV LED in disinfection saves energy. However, there are some restraints such as low cost of conventional disinfectants such as chlorine, lack of treating the residuals by UV disinfection equipment and decline in the share of food and beverage and surface disinfection applications. The key opportunities for the market lie in health care and chemical industries for air treatment application and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN for water treatment.”

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