BOSTON -- Catheter site infections are among the most
common and serious nosocomial infections. UVSolutions announces its patented catheter site disinfection
system, also patented for wound care, is a safe, effective, painless, low-cost
Hospital-acquired infection affects 1 in 20 patients and
kills more people than car accidents and homicides combined. The CDC
estimated that in the U.S. in 1995, nosocomial infections cost $4.5 billion
and contributed to more than 88,000 deaths -- one death every six minutes.
Catheters routinely provide hospitalized patients with medication,
nutrition, hydration etc. The largest single cause of catheter-related
infections is colonization of microorganisms around the catheter entry site,
under the dressing. The microorganisms multiply and migrate down the outside
of the catheter into the blood stream.
UVSolutions has developed a novel system to significantly reduce
colonization of microorganisms around the catheter site. The disinfection
system includes a palm-sized, battery operated ultraviolet C light placed over
the catheter site to deliver a single flash of UVC light through a custom
dressing. UVSolutions plans to partner with market leaders to commercialize
the catheter site disinfection system and the wound care system.
"UVSolutions' proprietary flash-based germicidal ultra violet (UVC)
sterilization technology for medical and consumer applications has a greater
than 99.9 percent efficacy in killing bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi. UVC does
not contribute to the development of resistant strains of microorganisms, as
do other antimicrobials and antibiotics," reports Geoff Jenkins, president of
UVSolutions' medical infection control products are designed to provide revolutionary
low-cost, non-chemical sterilization and disinfection solutions to help reduce
escalating incidences and costs associated with nosocomial infections.
Source: UVSolutions LLC