Developed by Advanced Ultra-Violet Systems (AUVS), the new KR615 UV Germicidal Enclosure, designed to be a significant tool in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), will have its premiere and first public demonstration at the 2016 National Teaching Institute (NTI) and Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans, from May 17 to 19, 2016. The event is expected to draw approximately 7,000 critical care healthcare professionals.
The KR615 fills this gap by simply and affordably sanitizing devices, such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, nurse call buttons, cell phones, small tablets, pillow speakers, EKG wires, blood glucose meters and TV remotes, with ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Addressing the extreme challenges of HAIs
HAIs represent a $45-billion problem in the U.S. They are responsible for human suffering, extended hospital stays and morbidity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 722,000 HAIs and 75,000 deaths in U.S. acute care hospitals in 2011. HAIs also put hospitals’ reimbursements at risk, which are a significant threat to each facility’s bottom line.
The KR615 can reside bedside in patient rooms, be placed at nurses’ stations or move around hospital units. With the KR615, devices can be sanitized at any time by any staff member. According to independent lab results, a 48-second exposure of completely contained UV sanitized 99.9% of the most challenging contaminants including C. diff and MRSA.
Each item is simply placed inside the counter-top or wall-mounted enclosure, the KR615’s door is closed and the press of a button begins a 48-second UV decontamination cycle. Even devices that must stay plugged in or connected can be treated with the KR615’s cord and wire routing design.
The AUVS KR-615 uses a patented, enhanced application of UV rays developed by Dr. Wayne Clark. One of the foremost experts on UV technology, Clark’s work involves technology developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to protect the Pentagon from biological attack.
Affordability garners attention
According to AUVS CEO Jim Psihas, since the KR615’s release last month, one aspect of the KR615 that has garnered significant positive response is its price. With a MSRP of $1,995, the KR615 represents an affordable solution compared to the cost of robots or the ongoing costs of wipes. The KR615 has applications in the ICU, the OR and Emergency Departments, as well as in EMS and other healthcare environments.
In-Booth Activities to Mark Premiere
Activities slated for the exposition at AUVS’ booth 2847 during exhibit hall hours consist of device demonstrations, lab result reviews, giveaways and the availability of show-only discount certificates.
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