UV-Concepts: Securing Facilities through Supplemental Disinfection
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Jeremy Starkweather, President
The healthcare industry is meant to provide cure to illnesses, but barely do people realize healthcare facilities too can be the hot bed of many illnesses. Medical equipment, especially the large high-touch portable mobile medical equipment (PME) such as wheelchairs, stretchers, gurneys, ultrasound and EKG machines that move throughout the healthcare facility, can be home to deadly pathogens. The medical staff as well as patients and their relatives can be afflicted by infections because of the inadvertent exposure to the pathogens lurking on the PME surface. And the consequences can be life-threatening for patients in sensitive areas of the facility, such as ICU, a transplant unit, or a burn ward. In such worrying situation, chemical-based manual disinfection techniques, which are time-consuming, labor-intensive, and sub-optimal in their results, are not sufficient. Supplemental disinfection through Ultraviolet C (UV-C) technology proves to be a viable solution as it can eliminate pathogens from complex surfaces. UV-Concepts Inc. offers next-generation UV-C solutions that align with the evolving disinfection needs of the healthcare industry. The company’s disinfection platform, UV-Enclosure (UVE™), sanitizes medical equipment efficiently through automation. With the UVE™, care providers can better focus on patient healing and safety instead of investing time and efforts on containing the precarious infections spreading throughout their facility.
Unlike the traditional devices built in a tower-form, UV-Concepts has developed its platform in an enclosure model to facilitate thorough disinfection of PME. The devices available in the market are challenged by a shadowing phenomenon which blocks UV-C rays from reaching the remote corners of the PME. This limitation means that the PME surfaces will continue to remain contaminated. Addressing this issue, UV-Concepts has developed its platform in an enclosure form that ensures UV-C rays spread out evenly on the surface without leaving any gaps.
As a result, hospitals can achieve comprehensive disinfection of their PME, in just 60 seconds. “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 are very pleased to make UVE™ available for healthcare institutions globally to help protect patients, healthcare workers, and visitors from harmful bacteria and viruses,” says Jeremy Starkweather, President of UV-Concepts.
UVE™ is fast and simple to use. Once a medical professional places PME inside the platform, built-in disinfection lamps emit UV rays. These radiations envelop the equipment surface, thus providing all-round disinfection. To guarantee maximum disinfection, UV-Concepts offers a cloud-based process management platform that digitally monitors the disinfection status of the PME through real-time digital indicator tags attached to them. These tags, programmed by the cloud-based platform, provide actionable intelligence to the medical staff to enhance process execution and task management.
To deliver favorable user experience and high value to its clients, UV-Concepts provides training to their staff in using UVE™. The trained personnel receive a unique RFID badge that signifies their eligibility to operate the platform. “Our all-round solution has emerged as savior, reducing the high risks that the medical staff, patients, and visitors are exposed to in a facility,” says Starkweather.
UV-Concepts’ collaboration with a healthcare service provider stands as a testimony to its abilities in providing the best-in-class disinfection platform. UVE™ played a central role in eliminating pathogens lurking in the wheelchairs in the client’s medical facility. This platform has been a shot in the arm for the client in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The client has readily adopted UV-Enclosure to disinfect all the medical equipment as part of its COVID-19 strategy. What’s more, to tackle the shortage of masks, the client has disinfected its N95 masks and reused them.
In the coming days, UV-Concepts looks to develop a location tracking feature for medical equipment using its cloud-based management protocol. The company is also partnering with universities to develop novel disinfection platforms with more features and functions.