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Hospital Acquired Infections Increasing; UV Disinfection Technology Could Reduce the Staggering Cost


A recent study sponsored by Resources for the Future and reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that in 2006, hospital acquired infections added $8.1 billion in additional medical costs annually. Many infection control experts agree that the rate of these infections has been increasing and there are reportedly 1.7 million hospital acquired infections diagnosed each year.

Many of these infections are due to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas (MRSA) and other pathogens. Drug-resistant infections are difficult and costly to treat since few drugs work effectively to stop these types of hospital acquired infections.

Historically, most cases of MRSA have been hospital acquired, but community acquired MRSA infections are also becoming more common. MRSA infections often occur in crowded environments including hospitals, gyms and schools. The bacteria can be spread by direct skin to skin contact as well as from contact with contaminated surfaces.

UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI), a leading provider of advanced ultraviolet (UV) disinfection products for air and surfaces, has designed products to specifically eliminate threats from MRSA and other pathogens found in hospitals and other indoor environments. The use of these products is supported by the Airborne Infectious Diseases position paper from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) that was released in 2009. The ASHRAE paper states that, “Airborne infectious disease transmission can be reduced using dilution ventilation, specific in-room flow regimes, room pressure differentials, personalized and source capture ventilation, filtration and UVGI.”

“Properly applied ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) can dramatically help reduce the number of deaths and infections and save billions of dollars in reduced medical costs,” reported Paul Cochrane, Public Relations Manager for UVDI reported. “Solutions include mobile surface disinfection technology like UVDI’s Mobile Room Sanitizer and permanent air stream disinfection technology such as UVDI’s V-FLEX which is installed directly in the HVAC system.”

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About UltraViolet Devices, Inc.
UVDI is a leading manufacturer and supplier of UV products for both air, surface and water disinfection. Under the ALTRU-V® brand, UVDI markets a full line of UV-C products for the HVACR market, providing the key benefits of reduced energy consumption and lower maintenance costs while delivering cleaner, healthier air. Under the Sparks Technology™ brand, UVDI markets activated carbon products used in molecular filtration for commercial and industrial applications worldwide.


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