The information presented here is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice. None of the sources cited assume liability for any use or misuse of the product, or of the information cited here. Every effort has been made to present accurate information about the DeGerm-inator and its proper use. The DeGerm-inator is not a toy and should be used in a responsible manner. Instructions for use must be followed precisely or injury may occur.
For optimal use, operate at 77°F (25°C) at a maximum distance of 0.5 inch (1.3cm) with fresh batteries (less than 3 hours of use).
*Tests conducted and verified under Anastasia Gregoriades, Ph.D., at Queens College (New York) established the kill ratio by the DeGERM-inator™ on the organisms cited.
- The lethal exposure time of the organism is determined by the wavelength of radiation, density of radiant flux (µW/cm²), and time.
- The time required to kill or inactivate greater than 90% is proportionate to the ratio of the required killing energy and the irradiance of the light source, i.e., Time = Energy Required (µW.sec/cm²)/ Irradiance (µW/cm²).
- The ultraviolet output can vary considerably with temperature, distance and battery charge.
- Safe exposure limits for ultraviolet germicidal radiation have been set by the American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists.
Abshire, R.L., Dunton, H., “Resistance of Selected Strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Low-Intensity Ultraviolet Radiation,” Applied and Environmental Microbiology, June 1981, p. 1419-1423.
Pennsylvania State University Graduate School of Architectural Engineering and Biology Departments, “Germicidal and Short-Wave Radiation.” Phillips, “Germicidal Lamps and Applications,” Phillips Light Application Directory, 1985.
Qualls, R.G., Johnson, J.D., “Bioassay and Dose Measurement in UV Disinfection,” Applied Environmental Microbiology, March 1983, 45(3):872-7.
Sylvania, “Ultraviolet Germicidal Radiation,” Sylvania Engineering Bulletin, 0.342. Various resource materials published on the Worldwide Web.