November 12, 2013
UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) announced today that Barona Resort & Casino has selected the company’s state-of-the-art V-PAC™ Photo-catalytic Air Cleaning System to improve indoor air quality at the award-winning casino in San Diego. The installation of the multi-million dollar air purification system is underway and is scheduled to be completed in December.
Earlier this year, a controlled study was conducted in Barona’s Off-Track Betting room to determine the effectiveness of UVDI’s V-PAC™ system in reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). An accredited third-party, Western Environmental Services, was engaged to collect data and perform the evaluation of the V-PAC™ system.
“At Barona we are constantly looking for technology that can help us improve our player experience as well as offer the best work environment for our staff,” said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. “After looking at a variety of systems, it became clear to us that UVDI’s V-PAC™ system is the most advanced on the market. And, the results of the Western Environmental Services’ study further demonstrated the V-PAC™ system will provide Barona with the cleanest air in the casino industry.”
As part of the study, VOC levels in the Off-Track Betting room were continuously monitored for three days from February 8th through the 10th of this year without UVDI’s system. VOC levels were then tested again from February 28th through April 1st with the UVDI V-PAC™ system installed.
“Results of the study indicated a dramatic reduction in VOC levels with the use of UVDI’s V-PAC™ Photo-Catalytic Air Cleaning System,” reported Ashish Mathur, Ph. D, Vice President, Innovation and Technology at UltraViolet Devices, Inc. “This indicates that the V-PAC™ Photo-Catalytic Air Cleaning System was not only effective in reducing the VOC concentration, but was also highly effective in handling spikes in VOC levels.”
October 1, 2013
Leading provider of ultraviolet (UV) technologies adds another certification to a growing list of internationally recognized achievements.
UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) is pleased to announce their achievement of earning the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 Environmental Management Certification. ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that establishes a framework and sets criteria for an organization’s environmental management system.
The company’s certification to this standard highlights UVDI’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. It also provides assurance to employees, customers and stakeholders that the company’s environmental impact is measured and continuously improved.
UVDI is a market leader in research, development and manufacturing, but what truly distinguishes the company is its total commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. UVDI’s recent ISO 14001 certification adds to a growing list of internationally recognized quality accomplishments. In addition to ISO 14001, UVDI is an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems certified manufacturer and is also a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registered medical device manufacturer. The company also embraces ASQ Six Sigma training and the organization has certified numerous Black and Green Belts. The strong quality culture at UVDI has earned the company recognition from numerous customers as well as community awards.
“We have always focused on providing products of the highest quality that serve our customers and society,” stated Richard Hayes, President of UVDI. “We are committed to meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations and increasing client satisfaction by continually improving the integrity of our products, services and our quality & environmental management system. UVDI is unwavering in its environmental, legal and regulatory compliance as well as minimizing our environmental impact in all aspects of our business. Achieving ISO 14001 certification is just the beginning as we now embark on the exciting journey of continuous improvement,” he continued.
September 19, 2013
UVDI’s V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer provides hospitals with clinically proven superior surface disinfection.
For over 85 years, Hendrick has been the first name in healthcare for Abilene and the Texas Midwest. Hendrick Medical System has a 522-bed medical center, women’s center, rehabilitation hospital, cancer center and offers numerous other innovative services. Their patients are served by over 2,900 medical professionals and staff members.
Last month, KTXS reported about Hendrick Medical Center’s (HMC) adoption of ultraviolet energy technology to fight germs at the Abilene hospital. After evaluating several manufacturers’ products, HMC selected UltraViolet Devices’ (UVDI) V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer based on its proven performance, ease of use and low total cost of ownership.
According to the KTXS report, HMC is the first hospital in West Central Texas to implement mobile ultraviolet technology to prevent the spread of germs. The report quoted Patti Bull, HMC’s infection prevention coordinator, as stating, “The addition of UV disinfection technology to sanitize surfaces is just one more way we can fight infection and provide our patients with the best possible environment of care.”
Hendrick Medical Center adds UVDI’s V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer as an integral part of their effort to provide optimum surface disinfection after the regular cleaning and disinfection protocol. “The V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer generates high intensity UV energy and quickly disinfects surfaces contaminated with viruses, bacteria and fungi, including superbugs such as MRSA and C. difficile,” said Richard Hayes, President of UVDI. “HMC joins a growing number of hospitals and healthcare providers who have adopted the V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer based on proven superior disinfection performance that ultimately improves patient outcomes,” he continued.
July 15, 2013
Dr. Ashish Mathur, UVDI’s Vice President of Innovation & Technology, shares his insight and expertise in 2013 ASHRAE Handbook.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently released the 2013 ASHRAE Handbook – Fundamentals. The handbook provides a broad range of information for HVAC&R engineers and others about the latest developments, fundamentals and research impacting the industry.
The 2013 ASHRAE Handbook – Fundamentals includes a chapter on air contaminants that has garnered a lot of attention in the HVAC&R community. The chapter covers topics ranging from the classes of air contaminants, particulates, gases and contaminant sources. Instrumental in helping to develop this chapter was Dr. Ashish Mathur, Vice President of Innovation & Technology at UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI).
The 11th chapter, discussing air contaminants, was written by several industry experts serving on the ASHRAE technical committee. It reads, “Air contamination is a concern for ventilation engineers when it causes problems for building occupants. Engineers need to understand the vocabulary used by the air sampling and building air cleaning industry. This chapter focuses on the types and levels of air contaminants that might enter ventilation systems or be found as indoor contaminants.” Dr. Mathur was asked to provide his expertise on this important topic as a leading scientist in the HVAC&R and indoor air quality (IAQ) industries.
“It is an honor to once again have scientists from UVDI contribute to important industry publications and reference materials,” stated Richard Hayes, President of UVDI. “Dr. Mathur’s insight and expertise in understanding air contaminants are utilized everyday to provide UVDI’s clients with the best products and technologies available. It’s an enormous benefit for the entire industry to be able to share his knowledge through contributions to the 2013 ASHRAE Handbook – Fundamentals.”
June 20, 2013
As the more than 2500 professionals in infection control returned from the 2013 APIC Conference held this year in Ft Lauderdale FL, there was certainly much to reflect on. As APIC celebrated its 40th anniversary, the opening plenary session highlighted the milestones in infection prevention over the last four decades. There were eight topic tracks providing education and discussion over a variety of subjects based on leading science and breakthrough research. Additionally, the show exhibited over 500 vendors demonstrating the latest in innovative technologies to promote and move the practice of infection prevention forward.
One of the most popular and heavily attended sessions at every APIC is on new technologies for environmental cleaning and disinfection. On the final day, William Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC gave his presentation on the subject “New Technology in Environmental Cleaning and Evaluation.” Dr. Rutala is well regarded as a leading voice in the science of infection control and presented the results of a UV room decontamination study he conducted using the V-360+ mobile UV room sanitizer from UVDI.
To view the results, click on the link to Dr. Rutala’s website and download the slide presentation at the top of the page. Slides 36 and 37 detail the results from the V-360+ study.
June 20, 2013
Terrible tragedies such as the unnecessary death of Mary McClinton due to fatally injecting antiseptic instead of contrast dye, have caused hospitals to question their best practices and ultimately the culture of their caregiving. This is the topic of one of the articles in the April/May 2013 issue of AARP, as it goes on to outline more specifically the steps being taken to make hospitals safer places. From a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system that basically eliminates transcription errors when “writing” prescriptions, to a mandated “time-out” in the operating room giving surgery personnel a chance to answer important questions like “is this the right patient?” and “is this the correct leg to remove?” – hospitals are recognizing the life and death need for improvement in a variety of areas.
The article also highlights what “A Safe Hospital Room of the Future” will look like. From improved technologies to standardizing best practices, the illustrated room highlights 16 areas of care that it envisions to be key factors for protecting the safety of patients.
Placed in the center of this ideal room is a “disinfecting unit that uses ultraviolet light to kill germs.” With CDC reporting that 1 out of every 20 hospitalized patients are likely to contract a hospital acquired infection (HAI), the article recommends a UV disinfection device to deactivate pathogens such as C. difficile and MRSA, which are two of the main causes of such infections. Along with implementing standardized check lists to reduce central line infections and featuring prominent door signs for affected patients, it is becoming evident that a necessary part of best practices will be to include a UV device that will “kill germs” that are commonly present in hospital rooms.
This article introduces many innovative ideas in patient safety and some common sense practices that look to become a new standard of care. As more and more hospitals adopt devices like the V-360+ that effectively deactivate pathogens in a ‘no-touch’ automated manner, the article correctly highlights the importance of including UV disinfection as an indispensable part of patient safety going forward.
June 6, 2013
Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, is partnering with UltraViolet Devices, Inc., on environmental disinfection efforts to continue to offer superior patient care. Moffitt’s mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.
Moffitt, based in Tampa, Fla., has evaluated several portable ultraviolet germicidal irradiation products used to disinfect surfaces and has chosen UltraViolet Devices’ V-360 UV Room Sanitizer. The V-360 UV Room Sanitizer generates high-intensity UV energy and quickly disinfects surfaces contaminated with viruses, bacteria and fungi, including superbugs that cause illness and infection. Moffitt chose this system for its proven performance and ease of use.
“UVDI is proud to have been chosen by Moffitt Cancer Center after a thorough evaluation of the V-360 UV Room Sanitizer against other UV products,” said Richard Hayes, president of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI). “Moffitt now joins a growing number of hospitals and health care providers who have already implemented the use of UVDI’s V-360 UV Room Sanitizer due to its superior disinfection performance aimed at decreasing hospital-associated infections. Moffitt will be one of the first in the nation to receive UVDI’s V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer, the newest and most advanced version of the V-360.”
June 4, 2013
Adoption of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technology to achieve superior surface disinfection in hospital rooms has grown dramatically in recent years. Hospitals are embracing this technology in products such as UVDI’s V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer, designed to generate high intensity UV-C energy to quickly disinfect surfaces contaminated with viruses, bacteria and fungi. This technology has been proven effective against superbugs such as MRSA and C. difficile that cause serious illnesses and deaths.
The V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer is a portable device designed to safely and effectively disinfect surfaces in healthcare settings. Surfaces with direct UV-C light exposure are disinfected in just a few minutes, but surfaces that are shadowed can take longer.
Standard paint and wall coverings typically absorb a high percentage of the powerful UV-C energy and thus are poor reflectors of UV-C into shadowed areas. Recently, a patent pending highly reflective UV-C coating has been developed by Lumacept of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Named UVC-MAX, the coating has been designed to increase UV-C reflectance from surfaces for higher disinfection efficacy in shadowed areas. Testing has proven that UVC-MAX applied to walls and ceilings delivers an average of 1400% more UV-C energy into shadowed areas compared to standard surface coatings. This breakthrough technology now allows shadowed areas to receive high level UV disinfection in times usually associated with line of sight UV treatment.
“I am delighted that Lumacept has selected UVDI to distribute the UVC-MAX line of coatings,” stated Richard Hayes, President of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI). “Adding Lumacept coatings to UVDI’s V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer and Dose Verify™ technology provides hospitals with a complete UV disinfection system. Our tests have proven that when Lumacept is applied, shadowed surfaces can’t hide.”
May 28, 2013
UVDI, a leading provider of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and molecular filtration technologies, will be exhibiting again at the Association of Professionals in Infection Control’s (APIC) 2013 Annual Educational Conference & International Meeting. The 40th meeting is taking place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from June 8th through the 10th.
According to the conference website, “Each year more than 2,500 clinical professionals from around the world gather for three days to advance their network and learn about evidence-based advances in infection prevention.” It goes on to inform attendees that they will, “Learn more about new science, technologies, advances, and products that provide solutions to your infection prevention challenges and strengthen your infection prevention program.”
One of the most anticipated products that will be on display is UVDI’s V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer. This mobile UV device is used by hospital environmental services staff to achieve superior surface disinfection in areas of the hospital where HAIs are a concern. The V-360+ UV Room Sanitizer generates a high intensity ultraviolet germicidal irradiation zone to quickly disinfect surfaces contaminated with viruses, bacteria and fungi. It has been proven effective against superbugs such as MRSA and C. difficile.
“The costs and risks associated with healthcare acquired infections are enormous,” reported Richard Hayes, President of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. “The CDC estimates there are approximately 1.7 million HAIs contracted annually that add over $30 billion in annual medical costs in the U.S. alone. For over 20 years, UVDI has developed products to disinfect water and air and now we are bringing this experience to disinfect and sanitize healthcare environments in hospitals around the globe.”
April 29, 2013
Dr. Ashish Mathur of UltraViolet Devices, Inc., promoted to lead research and development for ultraviolet and molecular filtration technologies.
UVDI is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Ashish Mathur to Vice President – Innovation and Technology. Dr. Mathur is now responsible for directing UVDI’s innovation, research and development activities as well as implementing initiatives that support new product development and product enhancements. He is also tasked with developing and exploiting enterprise-wide technologies based on strategic initiatives consistent with UVDI’s long term business strategy.
In his position, Dr. Mathur will be advancing UVDI’s ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and molecular filtration technologies marketed under the UVDI, ALTRU-V and UVDI MED brands.
“Dr. Mathur’s expertise and technical leadership abilities will be harnessed in his new role of leading UVDI’s Innovation and Technology team as well as serving as UVDI’s Chief Innovation and Technology representative to industry organizations, partners, customers and stakeholders,” reported Richard Hayes, President of UVDI. “He will provide UVDI with technical leadership that will further our position as industry leaders in the UV-C and advanced filtration industries. Dr. Mathur’s education and over 20 years of experience in the filtration and UV-C industries has prepared him well for this promotion and he will continue to be a tremendous asset to UVDI, our customers and the industries we serve.”