There’s no question — sometimes, hygiene needs to be taken seriously. For Sterile Stik, we wanted to put the power of sterilization into everyone’s hands. Designed almost as a cylinder, extremely comfortable to hold, carry, and use on-the-fly, the Sterile Stik acts as a mobile UV-C sterilizer. The unique wavelength of UV-C denatures the DNA of bacteria and viruses alike, thus killing them from just a short exposure time. This technology is already in use in hospitals worldwide!
In the 1930s and 1940s, William F. Wells, a Harvard University sanitary engineer, made a significant stride in the knowledge and application of UV-C light for disinfection by proving its effectiveness in killing airborne microorganisms. It was Wells who discovered that bacteria and viruses can be transmitted to people through the air they breathe.
He applied this knowledge by installing upper-room UV lamps in suburban Philadelphia day schools to combat the spread of measles and compared infection rates to schools without UV-C. The schools without UV-C saw a 53.6 percent infection rate, while the schools with the lamps saw a 13.3 percent infection rate.
Around the same time, in 1936, Dr. Deryl Hart experimented with UV-C to disinfect an operating room at Duke University Hospital. He reported an 11.38 percent reduction in the rate of postoperative infection rates.
Throughout the next few decades, UV-C was applied in schools and hospitals across the country, proving its ability to inactivate microorganisms and bacteria.
Earlier UV-C technologies (mercury vapor lamps) may not have been as safe as what is currently available on the consumer market. In the 1960’s the Soviet Union employed, “UV showers” as a way to not only sterilize the room, but also the participants inside it.