Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-35356
Title: UV-C Irradiation Reduces the Experimentally Induced Bacterial Load on the Surface of a Human Cadaver: An Additional Option for the Preservation of Cadavers in Anatomy
Author(s): Müller, Lea
Bischoff, Markus
Tschernig, Thomas
Language: English
Title: Clinical Anatomy
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Pages: 113–116
Publisher/Platform: Wiley
Year of Publication: 2020
Free key words: ultraviolet light
human cadaver
saving offixative
DDC notations: 610 Medicine and health
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Safety is a major issue in the embalming procedures of human cadavers. Reduced application of formaldehyde is often recommended. The aim of this study was to investigate the potency of ultraviolet light (UV-C irradiation) on the bacterial load on the surface of a conserved human cadaver. To test UV-C irradiation, the cadaver was laid out in the dissection hall and, after preparation of the muscles, was covered with linen sheets moistened with water. Swabs of the surface and microbiological analysis revealed sporadic bacterial colonies. The surface area was then spiked with bacteria and irradiated by a UV lamp for 15 or 60 min. Half of the area was covered by aluminum foil to serve as a control. After exposition, swabs were taken and analyzed. The exposition had reduced the number of colonies to one third (15 min exposition) and to one tenth (60 min exposition) of the control area. Thus, UV-C irradiation could be used in the preservation of cadavers without chemical pollution of the environment and without any risk for the employees. Clin. Anat. 32:113–116, 2019. © 2019 The Authors. Clinical Anatomy published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Association of Clinical Anatomists.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1002/ca.23481
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-353560
ISSN: 1098-2353
Date of registration: 31-Jan-2022
Faculty: M - Medizinische Fakultät
Department: M - Anatomie und Zellbiologie
M - Infektionsmedizin
Professorship: M - Prof. Dr. Carola Meier
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