Research shows high-touch surfaces on PME, such as wheelchairs, intravenous poles, computer workstations, and infusion pumps, are a potential vector for transmission of bacteria and viruses, including MRSA, C.Diff, and SARS-CoV-2. UV-Concepts developed a novel platform using short-wavelength ultraviolet light (UV-C, 254nm) in an enclosed structure to optimize the inactivation of disease-causing microorganisms. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) has been shown to be an effective method of disinfection in healthcare over the past decade.
“The concern for the cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces in the healthcare environment has grown exponentially due to COVID-19,” said Jeremy Starkweather, president and co-founder, UV-Concepts Inc. “The UVE completely surrounds an item with high intensity germicidal UV-C light resulting in the fastest and most powerful UV-C disinfection solution available to healthcare providers. We’re very pleased to make the UVE™ available for healthcare institutions globally to help protect patients, healthcare workers, and visitors from harmful bacteria and viruses.”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated about 700,000 patients are diagnosed with a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) each year in the United States, and of those, 70,000 die during their acute care hospitalization. While progress has been made to reduce, and in some cases eliminate HAIs, the market is constantly seeking new and improved disinfection solutions.
“With use of the UVE, we have been able to process over 5,200 N95 masks, which allows us to get five uses per N95 mask. It has been a lifesaver when no new N95 masks were available,” said John P. Ostdiek, director of transportation, Aramark at Saint Joseph Hospital of SCL Health in Denver, Colorado. “We also run all portable medical equipment that can fit in the enclosure for treatment and have physicians request to use the unit for their own equipment. This is the right piece of equipment at the right time to help healthcare personnel have one more tool to stop the spread of infectious diseases in a hospital setting.”
Developed over several years for the infection control healthcare community to address disinfection deficiencies of PME and personal protective equipment (PPE), the company sees broad clinical applications for the easy-to-use UVE with a surge in interest coming from non-healthcare sectors, such as the first responder market, corporate environments, airports, professional sports, and entertainment industries.
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