6. Hasty deployment of UV disinfection devices
The need to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus has prompted healthcare facilities, public health officials, private companies, and consumers to consider UV disinfection technologies for a host of new applications. FDA does not typically regulate UV disinfection devices (most are not considered medical devices), and does not require the device makers to demonstrate safety and effectiveness according to any standardized protocol, according to ECRI. Thus, understanding the capabilities and limitations of each device is vital.
If not used properly, UV disinfection devices may not deliver a high enough dose to inactivate microorganisms, leaving individuals at risk of exposure to infectious pathogens. Improper use could also expose operators or bystanders to unsafe levels of UV radiation.