Conquering the Virus: Why Every Nursing Home Needs Shoe Sanitizing Stations
Published September 4, 2020 | 5 Minute Read | Written by Carrie Pinkard
If you’re a healthcare worker, a large part of your day is spent combating the spread of COVID-19.
Every day you’re putting on your mask, scrubbing down surfaces, and washing your hands a seemingly infinite number of times. But did you ever stop to consider that with every step you take you might be carrying the virus with you?
Not on the palms of your freshly washed hands, but on the soles of your shoes.
This is where our UVZone Shoe Sanitizer comes in. This article will outline five reasons why every nursing home could use a UVZone shoe sanitizing station.
1. Stops COVID-19 In Its Tracks
Imagine if you could wipe out COVID-19 in just eight seconds. You might not have that kind of power on a global scale, but you can start with your shoes.
The UVZone shoe sanitizing station takes just eight seconds to use and leaves zero Human Coronavirus residue on footwear.
Nursing homes can place them at entrances or high traffic areas to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19.
2. CDC Recommended
You’ve probably memorized the Center For Disease Control’s guidelines on hand washing and surface cleaning, but they also have recommendations for your shoes.
The CDC released a study in March showing that 50% of ICU medical staff’s shoes tested positive for COVID-19.
The center said they “ highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients.”
3. More Effective Than UVC Light Alone
The UVZone Shoe Sanitizer uses a combination of Ozone + UVC light to zap pathogens quickly.
This combination is 24 times more effective at eliminating Human Coronavirus, and 110 times more effective at eliminating other deadly pathogens than UVC light alone.
Ozone + UVC light is the future of disinfection, and adding a sanitizing station to your nursing home would put you ahead of the curb at eliminating COVID-19 and other deadly super bugs.
4. Reduces Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)
Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are all too common in nursing homes. The elderly and immunocompromised are especially susceptible to infections while staying in long term care facilities, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are starting to penalize skilled nursing facilities on their Medicare payments for poor 30 day hospital readmission rates.
HAIs happen when there is a lack of control over pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi) flowing in and out of the facility. A study shows that 75% of people carry deadly pathogens on their shoes.
The UVZone Shoe Sanitizer kills these pathogens before they get a chance to interact with your patients. An AdventHealth branch in Connorton, Florida placed eight shoe sanitizing stations around its facility in February of 2019. Since then, COO Debi Martoccio says their HAI rate decreased by 53%.
5. Easy To Install and Utilize
We understand healthcare workers have enough to worry about right now without trying to figure out an overcomplicated, tedious technology. Luckily, our UVZone shoe sanitizing stations are incredibly easy to install and use. Our system works right out of the box with no assembly. All you have to do is unbox it and plug it in.
The technology also needs no monitoring or additional staff. Nursing home care takers and visitors can simply step on, wait eight seconds while their shoes are disinfected, and then go about their day.
Don’t take our word for it, 97% of our customers agreed the station was easy to use.
Add A UVZone Shoe Sanitizing Station To Your Nursing Home
Your boots are made for walking, not for transmitting deadly pathogens.
Our UVZone shoe sanitizer removes the malice from your footwear and lets you get back to walking around in peace. Nursing homes house the most vulnerable populations on Earth, and we should be doing all we can to ensure they’re free from dangerous pathogens.
Want to learn more about our system? Request a free virtual demo of our UVZone Shoe Sanitizing Station and begin working your way towards a safer environment for your patients and staff.