Application of the Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation system can reduce microbial surface contamination in ambulance compartments. Research article for critique: William G. Lindsley, Tia L. McClelland, Dylan T. Neu, Stephen B. Martin Jr., Kenneth R. Mead, Robert E. Thewlis & John D. Noti (2018) Ambulance disinfection using Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI): Effects of fixture location and surface reflectivity, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 15:1, 1-12, http://doi: 10.1080/15459624.2017.1376067

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Dr Benjamin R Makie
Natalee Williams-Claasen
Petar Gojkovic


Ambulance, decontamination, emergency medical services, health care-associated infection, infection control, infection control procedures.


Emergency responders play a vital role in the treatment of critically ill or injured patients, as they are often the first point of contact for the patient in the healthcare setting. Emergency medical services also play a vital role in the prevention and control of the transmission of communicable diseases and ensuring best practice infection control is enacted. Lindsley et al. (2018) recently examined the efficacy and impact of an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) system to disinfect the interior of an ambulance. A critique of this article is presented in the following.


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