Germicidal irradiation of portable medical equipment: Mitigating microbes and improving the margin of safety using a novel, point of care, germicidal disinfection pod

Am J Infect Control. 2020 Jan;48(1):103-105. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.07.021. Epub 2019 Sep 5.


Portable medical equipment (PME) can be an important reservoir of pathogens causing health care-associated infections. To address this, a novel, portable ultraviolet disinfection pod (UVDP) that allows for full 360-degree disinfection was developed. This investigation examined efficacy of the UVDP against microorganisms on clean, patient-ready PME. We found that the UVDP significantly reduced the number of recoverable bacteria on PME.

Keywords: Disinfection pod; Environmental contamination; Germicidal ultraviolet light; Health care-associated infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Bacterial Load
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Disinfection / instrumentation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultraviolet Rays


  • Anti-Infective Agents