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AUVS’ ‘The UV Box’ Named Among Best Infection Prevention Products

for 2nd Consecutive Year


National – For the second consecutive year The UV Box from Advanced Ultraviolet Systems (AUVS) has been named to Newsweek’s list of Best Infection Prevention Products. First named on the 2020 list, the 2021 recognition is also the second consecutive year that The UV Box is the only Germicidal Enclosure so honored. 

 

Compiled by Newsweek in association with The Leapfrog Group, an independent non-profit organization that evaluates healthcare quality, the list is based on nominations by actual hospital users.

Each product is evaluated based on:

  1. Effectiveness

  2. Safety (for patients and healthcare workers)

  3. Successful real-world implementation

  4. Company stability

Law enforcement, firefighters had job with highest COVID death rates in 2020: CDC

The authors only looked at Americans between ages 15 and 64 who were in the paid, civilian workforce, meaning those with unpaid jobs or who serve in the military were not included in the analysis.

Results showed that those with protective service occupations -- including police, firefighters, fire inspectors, correctional officers, private detectives, security guards and probation officers -- had the highest rate at 60.3 deaths per 100,000 workers.

 

According to federal data, this is twice as high as the overall workers' COVID-19 death rate in 2020, which sits at 28.6 per 100,000.

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Police officers, firefighters and other protection service employees had the occupation with the highest death rates from COVID-19 in 2020, new federal data shows.

The report, published by the National Center for Health Statistics -- a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at COVID mortality during the first year of the pandemic across 46 states and New York City by profession.

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COVID Reinfection

Can Be Deadly

Reinfection with COVID-19 significantly increases

the risk of death, hospitalization and other

health problems, according to a study by

researchers with Washington University School

of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Reducing Contract Staff Costs is a Priority

Staffing shortages are driving labor costs to an unsustainable level for hospitals operating on razor-thin margins. 

 

The rise in contract labor from 2019 - 2022, has led to a 37 percent increase in labor expenses per patient, equating to between $4,009 and $5,494 per adjusted discharge for hospitals.

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All Major Media Reporting on Virus Surge
Children's Hospitals Scrambling to Free Up Beds and Find Rooms for Patients

According NBC News Story... Around three-quarters of pediatric hospital beds are full in certain cities. Hospitals are directing kids out of state and teaching parents how to administer care at home.

Every inpatient bed at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago has been full for more than six weeks. Emergency room volume is up more than 150%.

 

The flow of patients is like "a treadmill that never ends," said Dr. Allison Bartlett, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Comer Children’s. As soon as a child is discharged, their bed fills up with the next kid in need.

 

Yet the hospital is simultaneously fielding a barrage of requests to accept new patients from facilities that don’t treat children or are overrun themselves.

Many of the patients at Comer Children’s have RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, which can cause lung infections. But doctors are also seeing cases of rhinovirus, enterovirus, adenovirus and several coronaviruses, including Covid.

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Evidence that HAIs
Spread in Community,
Can Complicate Infection Control

Findings are concerning because CRE infections resistant to most antibiotics and are considered a major public health threat.

In the battle against superbugs and healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), evidence has emerge that the challenge of preventing such infections might be moving beyond the walls of healthcare facilities. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) infections are resistant to most antibiotics and are considered a major public health threat by the CDC, because of their capacity to cause difficult-to-treat infections and to spread rapidly.

A new study has identified Community Associated (CA) spread of these infections, suggestion the need for more stringent infection control measures in and outside of the healthcare setting.

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'It's the perfect storm': Capacity issues intensify at children's hospitals amid RSV surge"

Hospitals in at least 23 states told NBC News they are facing capacity issues amid an unseasonably early and severe surge of patients with illnesses such as respiratory syncytial virus and rhinovirus.

 

Hartford-based Connecticut Children's Medical Center said it is speaking with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard about potentially installing a tent outside the facility to house more patients. RSV cases spiked at the hospital in September and continue to rise.  

 

"Why so much in September and October, we don't know," Juan Salazar, MD, the hospital's physician-in-chief, told WTNH News 8. "We have theories. Herd immunity, immune suppression and everyone getting it at the same time, it's the perfect storm at our emergency departments."

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How a Culture of WellBeing Can End Quiet-Quiting

October 12th, 2022

Fed up with the lack of support from their employers to compensate for additional tasks and time spent at work, employees have created their own system to achieve better balance and improve physical and mental health. Read more

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The Looming Legal Battle over Hospital-Associated Infections

Healthcare Facilities Today September 15, 2022

 

The belief that infections are unavoidable has shielded hospitals and doctors from liability for decades, but not in the future.

 

Now enough evidence, enough data and more than enough studies exist for us to know that nearly all infections are preventable when doctors and staff adhere to evidence-based protocols. This puts physicians, hospitals and hospital board members in a new legal situation. Read more

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Evaluation of Effectiveness of UV-C Dose in Contaminated N95 respirator, surgical and cotton masks

The findings suggest that the complete decontamination of masks can be performed effectively and safely in well-planned protocols as strategies to reduce the high consumption and safe disposal of masks in the environment. Read more.

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Infections will drop in October, then Increase in the Winter

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

September 12, 2022

Key takeaways:

  • New projections through January 1: infections will drop until October and then increase in the winter.

  • Current projections show a relatively low death toll, but a new variant could change that.

  • Our recommendations: Maintain and improve surveillance for new variants.

  • Encourage boosters.

  • Provide access to antivirals for older and high-risk individuals.

  • Determine which social distancing mandates have the greatest impact if a new, more severe variant develops.

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Multi-Center Study Shows Only Half of Providers Perform Optimal Stethoscope Hygiene

Providers were assessed on stethoscope hygiene beliefs and practices. Yet, optimal hygiene increased from 24.4%-55.0%. Read more

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The Planes are Filthy Whose to Blame?

Over the past week, two widely shared videos of filthy planes have raised concerns that sparked a debate about whether flight crew or passengers carry the responsibility for messes. Read more

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FDA warns: Do not use wands that give off unsafe levels of radiation
 

Certain UV wands marketed for disinfecting household items may expose the user and those nearby to unsafe levels of UV-C radiation that may harm eyes and skin with a few seconds of exposure, the FDA warned. Read more.

WHO’s Director-General declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern 

August 23, 2022 - Learning to live with COVID-19 does not mean we pretend it is not there. Faced with the challenge of monkeypox, we must act pragmatically and effectively. We are all accountable, along with countries and individuals to stop transmission of these diseases. It means that we use the tools we have to protect ourselves and others as part of our regional Vision 2023: health for all by all.

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How Much Virus Does a Person with COVID exhale?

New Research from Colorado State University and the University of Maryland 

August 17, 2022 - People infected with the highly transmissible Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2 spew out higher amounts of virus than do those infected with other variants, according to a study. And individuals who have been vaccinated, even after a booster dose, still shed virus into the air.

 

Study co-author Kristen Coleman, who researches emerging infectious diseases at the University of Maryland in College Park, says people should be “pushing governments to invest in improving indoor air quality by improving ventilation and filtration systems”.

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Monkeypox found on surfaces in infected patients' hospital rooms

Monkeypox mainly spreads through direct physical contact with an infected animal or person, but as cases worldwide continue to grow rapidly, scientists are researching other potential routes of transmission.

For the study, researchers swabbed the surfaces of rooms being used by two hospitalized monkeypox patients in Germany, including their bathrooms and the adjacent anterooms where workers would change in and out of personal protective equipment (PPE).

According to the researchers, the surfaces the patients directly touched had the highest loads of viral concentration and were primarily found in their bathrooms, particularly on the toilet seats, washbasin, and levers. The virus was also detected on the patients' chairs, the fabrics in their rooms (towels, shirts, pillowcases), and one patient's mobile phone.

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Understanding Monkeypox and How Outbreaks Spread

August 4, 2022 - Monkeypox has sparked unprecedented outbreaks worldwide.

 

Monkeypox spreads by a touch - a lesion or contaminated object -- is the main pathway.

 

The pathogen enters the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract or the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth, rectum and anus.

 

It can also be present in the air in larger respiratory droplets and in suspended skin particles or dust.

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June 29, 2022- Evidence shows that long distance airborne transmission

of SARS-CoV-2 in indoor settings such as restaurants, the workplace

and singing venues can occur due to insufficient air replacement.

 

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Fears of more long COVID, a ‘mass disabling event’ as variants rip through California
July 26, 2022 - Long COVID will “disable a huge percentage of our society if we do not decrease new cases and prioritize a cure for existing ones.”


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Los Angeles Michelin Star restaurant forced to shut its doors due to Covid-19

July 26, 2022 - Trois Mec, the highly decorated tasting room that earned a Michelin Star in Los Angeles, has been forced to shut its doors after seven years due to the economic impact of Covid-19.

 

“The restaurant industry is in a true crisis".

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June, 7, 2022  The JAMA Network reports that through the American Rescue Plan, Congress has appropriated nearly a half trillion dollars ($350 billion to state, local, and tribal governments and $122 billion to schools), roughly half of which remains available to support indoor air quality improvements in small businesses, industrial settings, commercial buildings ...

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The impact of HVAC design -
A systematic review of ultraviolet radiation

April 8, 2022: PLOS ONE reports the extent to which air germicidal UV (GUV) inactivates infectious agents depends of the increased dose of the UV light, the duration of irradiation, humidity, the organism, and system design.
This research underscores the value and importance of UVGI applications to inactivate viruses and mitigate disease transmission.

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Long COVID-19 and New Variants:

Sounding a Continuing Alarm
 

June 27, 2022: Infection Control Today reports that the potential for infection or reinfection or breakthrough infection with BA.4 and BA.5 is alarmingly high.

Yes, this viewpoint is sounding an alarm.

Plus, a report from Harvard Medical School found viral antigens in the serum of long COVID patients up to a year after their acute infections, which may indicate an ongoing subacute active infection.

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Tests Confirm Mobile Phones

Are Reservoirs of Multidrug-Resistant

Superbugs

A March 2022 original research article that appeared in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, presents findings that confirm mobile phones and environmental surfaces are in fact reservoirs for potentially pathogenic and highly drug-resistant microbes.

 

  • The presence of these drug-resistant pathogens on mobile phones of healthcare workers poses significant risk of transmission to the patient and highlights the need for stringent infection prevention measures.

  • Furthermore, healthcare workers represent a bridge between the hospital and the community, and can carry these multidrug-resistant pathogens back to their respective communities via contaminated mobile phones.

 

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Impact of environmental hygiene interventions on healthcare-associated infections and patient colonization

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In February 2022, Interventions in the healthcare environment study results appeared in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are one of the gravest threats to patient safety worldwide. The importance of the hospital environment has recently been revalued in infection prevention and control. Though the literature is evolving rapidly, many institutions still do not consider healthcare environmental hygiene (HEH) very important for patient safety. The evidence for interventions in the healthcare environment on patient colonization and HAI with multidrug-resistant microorganisms (MDROs) or other epidemiologically relevant pathogens was reviewed.

Of note to UVC...

Evidence showed UVC interventions were significant for reduction in patient colonization and HAI with multidrug-resistant microorganisms (MDROs).

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Nursing Homes: New Surges
and Omicron Coronavirus Concern

Nov. 29, 2021 - Questions remain about what it means to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 — and whether that definition might change for healthcare workers regulated by a federal vaccine mandate.

 

The uncertainty looms as nursing homes and others near the initial deadline for the new federal vaccination mandate for healthcare workers. There is also concern of whether additional shots will slow the spread of the Omnicron variant.

 

November outbreaks hit Nursing Homes in Connecticut, Vermont, and Virginia, even as resident's vaccination rates hovered at around 87% and staff rates approached 75% nationally.

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A potentially faster-spreading Delta variant, AY.4.2, has been spotted in 8 states

IA potentially faster-spreading "sub-lineage" of the coronavirus Delta variant named AY.4.2 has been spotted by labs in at least 8 states, and health authorities in the United Kingdom say they are investigating a growing share of cases from this strain of the virus.

 

Labs in California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Washington state, plus the District of Columbia, have so far spotted at least one case of AY.4.2.

While it may spread somewhat faster, health authorities have not found evidence of more severe illness caused by the variant, and they say current vaccines remain effective against it.

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New Study provides supporting information for deploying a UVC germicidal enclosure for decontamination of N95 masks

October 13, 2021 - A recent study demonstrated the extensive persistence of SARS-CoV-2 infectious virus in PPE, particularly in FFRs.

 

A germicidal UVC 254 nm enclosure was evaluated as a potential avenue for the safe reuse of FFRs.

Click to see full study results

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AUVS Is Now GSA Approved

September 1, 2021 – Advanced Ultraviolet Systems (AUVS), one of the nation’s leading providers of UV-C-based disinfection products used in Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Education, and general markets is now GSA approved. AUVS was awarded GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract #47QSWA21D0064 for the company’s Germicidal Enclosures used to disinfect handheld and larger items.

Essential to any comprehensive hand hygiene program, the enclosures including the KR-615-LG, commonly known as The UV Box, and the two models of The UV Cube, use a patented application of germicidal UV-C (254 nm) energy.

 

Both The UV Box and The UV Cube have been proven by independent Virus and FDA consulting labs to provide greater than 99.99% disinfection of Coronavirus, C. diff, MRSA, Norovirus and other infectious contaminants on a variety of surfaces from handheld mobile electronic devices to personal masks and respirators.  

 

All AUVS enclosures are based on the Photon Trap technology that AUVS’ Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Wayne Clark developed to protect the US Pentagon from anthrax and similar bio-terrorism attacks. Read Full Release.

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Fighting Infections Spread through Touch Screens with Dr. Peter J. Papadakos
Video 1 in a Series

Dr. Peter J, Papadakos, University of Rochester Medical Center Director of Critical Care Medicine discusses dealing with the cross-contamination problem posed by touch screens including cell phones, tablets and computers. He explains how URMC is using AUVS' KR615 Germicidal Enclosure - The UV Box - to meet that challenge.

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Statement from APIC President,
Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC,
About HAI Increases
September 2, 2021 - New data from the CDC shows dramatic increases in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) during 2020.

"The new report highlights the need for healthcare facilities to strengthen their infection prevention programs and support them with adequate resources so that they can handle emerging threats to public health, while at the same time ensuring that gains made in combatting HAIs are not lost,” according to APIC President Ann Marie Pettis.
 

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The Results of a Multicenter Study:

Critically ill patients with COVID-19 are at high risk for HAIs

August 27, 2021 - Adult patients with severe COVID-19 were admitted to eight Italian hub hospitals from February 20, 2020, through May 20, 2020. A study, as described in Chest Journal, was designed to determine what characteristics in critically ill patients with COVID-19 are associated with HAIs and how are HAIs associated with outcomes in these patients.

The results show critically ill patients with COVID-19 are at high risk for VAPs and BSIs resulting from MDR organisms.

 

See the Results

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New “Safer Environments” Rental Program Makes High-End UV-C Disinfection Accessible to All Facilities

July 15, 2021 – Advanced Ultraviolet Systems (AUVS), one of the nation’s leading providers of UV-C-based disinfection products used in healthcare, has introduced the “Safer Environments” Rental Program.

The program makes the company’s line of disinfection systems accessible to medical and non-medical facilities of all sizes, with rental options starting as low as $109 per month. Read Article.

AUVS' New Safer Environments Rental Program Makes  UV-C Disinfection even more accessible. Prices as Low as $109 per Month!

 
 
 

N95 Masks:

- CDC Position

- KR615 Deep Disinfection Procedure

UV could be used to disinfect respirators, according to an article which can be found on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website entitled "Effects of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) on N95 Respirator Filtration Performance and Structural Integrity." 

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According to the CDC, while disinfection of one-time-use items is not commensurate with current US standards of care, such measures may be considered in crisis, such as times of N95 shortages as we currently find ourselves.

Based on The UV Box's dosage and the large interior size of its chamber, it can be used to disinfect N95 Masks. While the standard, pre-timed cycle of approximately one minute is appropriate for most items, the company has introduced a Deep Disinfection procedure for N95 masks. The Deep Disinfection procedure is to run masks through 2 consecutive disinfection cycles (approximately 5 minutes).

The company has ramped up production to meet demand. Orders will be filled in order received. The UV Box provides more than 90x the UV energy needed to achieve 99.9% disinfection of Coronavirus; One-button simplicity and is built specifically for demanding healthcare environments. The UV Box is designed and built in the USA.

Study reveals that community derived mobile phones are reservoirs of viable pathogenic microbes

July 8, 2021 - Mobile phones and smartphones are neglected contaminated platforms acting as ‘Trojan Horses’ for microbial in healthcare settings.

 

While evidence of exposure to droplets, aerosols and physical direct or indirect contacts are confirmed pathways for transmission of the pathogen, little attention is being given to the role mobile phones are playing as fomites. These mobile devices are crossing international borders and continents totally unchecked for microbial contamination.

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July 21, 2021 - According to the CDC, more than 93% of new cases in the Plains and Upper Plains states are caused by the Delta variant. In New York, and much of the South, the share of cases linked to the Delta variant are above 80%.

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3 hours ago - 7-6-21 - First discovered in India in March, the variant is now spreading fast — it is thought to be around 50 percent more transmissible than previous versions. 

 

What can be done to stop Delta, and how will the variant hamper global efforts to return to normalcy?

 

Background reading

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June 30, 2021 - The Delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for about one in every four infections in the United States, according to new estimates this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“When you have such a low level of vaccination superimposed upon a variant that has a high degree of efficiency of spread, what you are going to see among under-vaccinated regions, be that states, cities or counties, you’re going to see these individual types of blips,” Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

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A new study shows the coronavirus can survive for contaminated surfaces, especially non-porous surfaces, and the virus can transfer to the skin, even if the virus suspension has dried. Hand hygiene continues to be a critical component of preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection prevention.

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April 16, 2021  Ultraviolet C devices (UVC-D) used after standard cleaning procedures in hospitals can dramatically reduce pathogens in microscopic samples, or colony forming units (CUFs), according to a study unveiled at the annual conference of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

 

The study, presented by Gabriele Messina, PhD, a professor of public health at the University of Siena in Italy, concludes that UVC-D can cut CFUs by 97.3% 

 

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New Study Results:
Applying UV Light to Common Disinfectants Makes them Safer

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Studies Demonstrate Importance of Decontaminating Hospital Surfaces

Based on recent evidence, as reported in the February 22, 2021 issue of the Environmental Chemistry Letters, decontamination of hospital surfaces should constitute a critical part of the infection control and prevention of COVID-19.

 

SARS-CoV-2 was detected in respiratory samples, saliva, blood and feces of pre-symptomatic patients. 

Incubation period of SARS-CoV-2: Multiple studies show the average incubation period and duration from respiratory samples transmission of SARS-CoV-2 was 12-24 days.

(Gombar et al. 2020; Hu et al. 2020a; Lo et al. 2020; Qi et al. 2020; Qian et al. 2020a

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Elsevier Environmental Review: Contamination of inert surfaces by SARS-CoV-2: Persistence, stability and infectivity - Get Report

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Many Prisons are Coronavirus Hotspots. But few countries are prioritizing vaccines for inmates.

Jan 14, 2021

In the United States, which has the highest incarceration rate in the world, one in five prisoners have had covid-19, according to the Marshal Project. While vaccination priorities and distribution are set by each state, groups like the American Medical Association have lobbied for inmates to be included in initial rollouts, along with essential workers in the criminal justice sector. The federal prison system will inoculate prison employees first.

 

About a dozen states, including Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey, have prioritized inmates in the first phases of inoculation. But in some places, the issue is politically charge: After public backlash, Colorado backtracked on proposed plans to vaccinate incarcerated people ahead of the elderly living outside of congregate facilities.



“Our research suggests that people in prison should be among the first groups to receive any COVID-19 vaccine to protect against infection and to prevent further spread of the disease,” Seena Fazel, a University of Oxford psychiatrist...

 

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CDC issues statement on new COVID-19 variants

Jan 6th, 2021

 

Scientists are working to learn more about how easily COVID-19 variants might spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them, stated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Read more

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Use of chemical disinfectants has soared, sparking new examination of ingredients

Regulators are considering whether chemical disinfectant ingredients called quats are safe in light of increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Quats are effective disinfectants, but some researchers are raising alarm given recent research on the compounds' possible human health and environmental effects, including fertility issues, endocrine disruption, occupational asthma, marine toxicity, and potential to spur antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Study finds bleach-alternative COVID-19 surface disinfectants
may pollute indoor air
Cleaning surfaces with hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants has the potential to pollute the air and pose a health risk, according to research led by University of Saskatchewan. Read More
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Summary of Guidance for Public Health Strategies to Address High Levels of Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 December 2020

With colder weather, more time spent indoors, the ongoing U.S. holiday season, and silent spread of disease, with approximately 50% of transmission from asymptomatic persons, the United States has entered a phase of high-level transmission where a multipronged approach to implementing all evidence-based public health strategies at both the individual and community levels is essential.

 

This summary guidance highlights critical evidence-based CDC recommendations and sustainable strategies to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

 

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Colorado Revises Vaccine Plan, Lowers Priority for Police and Paramedics

Denver CO - According to the Denver Post, under Colorado's revised state vaccination plan first responders including police and paramedics are being given a lower priority than originally indicated.

 

Previously, the state's draft vaccination plan placed health care workers, first responders and nursing home residents in the first phase of Colorado's mass vaccination campaign.

 

Under the new plan, health care workers with less contact with COVID-19 patients — including those in home health, hospice and dental settings — and first responders, such as police and paramedics, will be considered a lower priority within Phase 1.

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Where Do Inmates Rank in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution?

Prison Populations Not in Top Tiers Despite Unique Vulnerability

 

The New York Times points out:

 

  • Prison inmates are not ranked in the top tiers of the federal criteria, to receive the vaccine when it becomes available, even though some of the largest outbreaks have occurred in the nation’s prisons.

 

  • The American Medical Association is among those calling for coronavirus vaccines to be given to inmates and employees at prisons, jails and detention centers, citing the unique risks to people in confinement — and the potential for outbreaks to spread from correctional centers, straining community hospitals.

 

  • People held in confinement are uniquely vulnerable to the virus. Incarcerated individuals are four times more likely to become infected than people in the general population, according to a study by the criminal justice commission. Over all, COVID-19 mortality rates among prisoners are higher than in the general population.

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Will COVID-19 vaccines protect us?

International news agency, Reuters raises the issue that two of the three vaccines may benefit the individual, but not be effective in stemming the tide of the the pandemic.

 

According to the article, evidence so far suggests that COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca will help stop people developing the disease. Only AstraZeneca’s data, so far, shows signs that its shot may also help prevent transmission of the virus.

 

“Protection against illness has a value for an individual,” said Penny Ward,” a visiting professor in pharmaceutical medicine at King’s College London. She added, however, that vaccines that do not prevent transmission will not halt the pandemic.

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Helpful Tips for Thanksgiving Travelers

For those who choose to hit the road this Thanksgiving, CNN offers 10 ways to avoid COVID-19 during a holiday road trip.

 

Their list includes:

  • Prep you car in advance to avoid breakdowns and unscheduled stops.

  • Safeguard those in your party with first aid supplies, water, healthy snack and masks.

  • Sanitize everything you touch.

  • Keep the car window open a crack for increased air circulation.

  • Plan and limit your stops including meals.

 

For the complete list and details on each item click button to the right.

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Top COVID Advisor Birx warns the pandemic is about to get much worse

Birx's memo painted a grim picture: "Cases are rapidly rising in nearly 30 percent of all USA counties, the highest number of county hot spots we have seen with this pandemic," it said. "Half of the United States is in the red or orange zone for cases despite flat or declining testing."
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Study Finds Shallow Sinks Can Spread Infections

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A study by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System found that shallow hospital sinks can cause contaminants from dirty faucets to splash.

A New Coronavirus Variant is Spreading Across Europe

 

LONDON — A variant of the coronavirus that is believed to have originated in Spain has spread across Europe and now accounts for most of the new cases reported in several countries in the region, according to the findings of a new study.

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CDC Launches $180M Anti-infection Program for Healthcare Workers

The program, called Project Firstline, will help to train staff in nursing homes, hospitals, dialysis centers, and other healthcare facilities on how to protect workers on the frontlines battling pathogens such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

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Rural Hospitals become latest coronavirus hot spots

Rural states are now leading the country in per capita coronavius hospitalizations.

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Lancet Study: Confirms Effectiveness

of Social Distancing

This study strongly supports a role of social distancing as an effective way to mitigate COVID-19 transmission in the USA. Until a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, social distancing will remain one of the primary measures to combat disease spread, and these findings should serve to support more timely policy making around social distancing in the USA in the future.

 

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Research on Toilet Plumes and Bathroom Surface Contamination Spotlight the Need to Focus on Restroom Etiquette & Disinfection

October 2020 - "Toilet plumes containing aerosolized coronavirus, released by flushing and lingering in the air or possibly landing on surfaces, may pose another concern" in the battle against COVID-19 according to an article in U.S. News & World Report. The article, by U.S. News Staff Writer Lisa Esposito, sites multiple expert sources and research studies.

 

Among key take-aways are:

  • Evidence seems to confirm COVID-19 could spread by fecal-oral contact or toilet plumes. Fecal-oral contact can occur, for example, when a restaurant worker fails to wash his or her hands after visiting the restroom and then handles or serves food.

  • Evidence of live, infectious virus - not just genetic material - has been identified in stool of severe COVID-19 patients

  • Hospital workers and patients face exposure to infected stool due to high-traffic restrooms

  • Bathroom surfaces may provide several routes for COVID-19 to spread

 

In addition to masks, hand hygiene, keeping toilet lids down, the need to sanitize high-touch areas throughout any restroom is also critical.

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How to Properly Wear a Face Mask: Infographic

National - Wearing a face mask in public helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 — but only if worn properly, covering both your nose and mouth. John Hopkins released an infographic of mask-wearing tips to get the maximum protection for yourself and others.

 

Click to view the whole Infographic.

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Flu Season Looms And Scientists Wonder

How Flu And COVID-19 Might Mix

September 2020 - Doctors around the world have seen some patients who tested positive for both influenza virus and the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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AAP: Flu Vaccination More Important Than

Ever as Flu and SARS-CoV-2 Co-exist

September 2020 - This season, influenza vaccination — recommended for everyone 6 months and older without medical contraindications — is vital to help protect vulnerable populations and reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses and hospitalizations during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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Effectiveness of 222nm ultraviolet light on disinfecting SARS-CoV-2 surface contamination

September 2020 - Although the most common UV in use is a germicidal lamp emitting 254nm UVC, it can only be used in unoccupied spaces. This article, that appears in The American Journal of Infection Control looks at the effectiveness of 222 nm UV Light on disinfecting SARS-CoV-2.

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From Fox News

"You just brought it home": Environmental virologist explains how phones make virus germs mobile

 

LOS ANGELES - Dr. Charles Gerba, an environmental virologist and microbiology professor at the University of Arizona, has been studying how diseases transmit throughout the environment for years.

While many Americans have been keeping their hands clean to avoid transferring bacteria during the coronavirus pandemic, Gerba warns that phones, which are essentially an extension of ourselves, are actually “mobile germ devices.” 

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As presented on the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) website - the ECRI recommends doses over 59mj/cm2 for disinfection of N95 masks using a Countertop UV Disinfection System. 

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Nebraska Medicine validated 60 mJ/cm2 and 300 mJ/cm2 exposure for FFR decontamination

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The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) has issued a Statement on UV's ability to disinfect COVID-19. Authoritative third-party validation encourages users.  

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Note: The KR615's, output of 200mJ/cm2 exceeds both the ECRI and Nebraska Medicine Protocols for disinfection of N95 respirators.

 

Statement From Dr. Clark

on Coronavius COVID-19 and

The UV Box

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In the News March 5, 2020

The UV Box from AUVS Achieves Approval for Infection Control with Spectralink Versity Smartphone

 

COVID-19 and Common Flu Precautions

Hand Washing, Avoiding Those Infected, and Social Distancing top list of precautions; Hospitals, Clinics, Businesses and Individuals must focus on mobile device disinfection as well.

Updated March 23, 2020 - The total number of Coronavirus COVID-19 cases now exceeds 343,421, with more than 14,790 confirmed deaths worldwide. In late January, Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston said, "The lesson we've learned is Coronavirus infections are serious and one of the newest and biggest global health threats."

Scientists in the US and at the National Institutes of Health are working on a vaccine, but it is expected it will not be available until the end of the year at the earliest.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing. In general, the public should do "what you do every cold and flu season," said Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state -- where the first US case of Coronavirus was confirmed. That includes washing your hands often with soap and water.

If hand washing is at the forefront of protection from Coronavirus, as with most infectious diseases, the disinfection of handheld mobile devices is the next logical step.

700+ Hospitals / Hospital Groups Fight Back Against

All Infections with The UV Box

More than 700 hospitals and hospital groups have selected The UV Box from Advanced Ultra-Violet Systems to disinfect personal phones, facility-issued smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices as well as N95 masks and goggles. The CDC has stated while one-time-mask disinfection is not commensurate with US standards of care, the measure is acceptable under current conditions.  

By instructing staff and visitors to extend hand washing for the full 55 second device disinfection cycle of The UV Box, hospitals can systematically increase hand washing times. This is especially important in light of the fact that many antimicrobials have to be on the hands for 20 seconds before they start working, yet 90% of people don’t wash their hands for 20 to 30 seconds.

By simultaneously performing both functions - hand washing and device disinfection - users step away with their devices disinfected and their hands properly cleaned.

Hospital Spreads Word on Protecting Its Community 

Carilion Clinic's is letting the community know about the new level of safety The UV Box provides.

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October 22, 2019

Carilion Hospital: Zero Infections after 3 Years of UV Box Use!

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is celebrating three years of zero central line infection rates in their NICU.

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Biggest Change 

The biggest change since this video was posted is the The UV Box is now readily available. Chemical-free, safe mobile device disinfection up to 99.999% in 55-seconds. 

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June, 2019

APIC 2019:

See The UV Box this week at Cleanis Booth 1039, APIC 2019 in Philadelphia! Chemical-free, safe mobile device disinfection up to 99.999% in 55-seconds

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April, 2019

Infection Control Today:

Superbugs Found on Many Hospital Patients' Hands and What They Touch Most Often

Superbugs Found on Many Hospital Patient

New York Times May 30, 2019

Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years, C.D.C. Says

According to an article in the NY Times, there had been 550 confirmed cases of measles in New York City since September 2018. As of May 28th, there have been 254 cases of measles in Rockland County, NY.

The C.D.C. said on Thursday that if the current outbreak continues into the summer and fall, the United States could lose its “measles elimination status.” That means the disease would be considered endemic in the country for the first time in a generation.

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Fact Checking:

Are TV Commentator Sounding False Alarm on Contagious Nature of Measles Virus?

The website, Pundit FactCheck took a look at the warnings being sounded by TV medical experts on the measles virus. According to the site, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen's warning in an interview with Anderson Cooper about the contagious nature of the virus was worth checking.

 

Particularly in question was, her statement that "if someone is in a room that has measles and leaves and you walk in two hours later, you could get measles from that person."

Here's what they concluded

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New York Times:

"Worst Year for Measles in a Quarter Century..."

This year's measles outbreak has increased interest in AUVS' germicidal enclosure, The UV Box. According to an article in the New York Times the seriousness of that outbreak and the contagious nature of the virus is not without justifiable concern. Among those concerns are the fact that "infected people can transmit the measles virus starting four days before they develop a rash, so they may be contagious before they realize they have the disease." In addition the article states the virus can live on surfaces for several hours, and is so contagious that, according to the C.D.C., “you can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, up to two hours after that person is gone.”

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USA Today Gives Visibility to the Cell Phone Cross-Contamination Problem

According to a March 5th article in the USA Today...

“Mobile phones have become veritable reservoirs of pathogens as they touch faces, ears, lips and hands of different users of different health conditions,” researchers said in a 2009 study of bacteria removed from personal phones.

A study by the University of Arizona found the typical worker’s desk, which tends to be your smartphone’s home for about 40 hours a week, has hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than an office toilet seat.

Other studies have found serious pathogens on smartphones such as Streptococcus, MRSA – a type of bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics – and even E. coli.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, and our smartphones have basically become an extension of that."

Going beyond the article in terms of solutions, The UV Box from AUVS remains the system of choice in more than 100 hospital groups and healthcare organizations based on:

  • Efficacy – Up to 99.995%, 4.5 log disinfection of MRSA and C.diff spores - and up to 99.999%, 5.25 log disinfection or Norovirus - all in just 55 seconds

  • Ease of Use – One-button operation

  • Flexibility – An enclosure size than can handle more than just cell phones

  • Economy – A one-time cost that produces no wast product 

The USA-designed-and-made UV Box is also moving into the Food Processing, Foodservice, Education, Transportation, Travel & Leisure  Industries, among others.

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See The UV Box at AORN

The UV Box: Up to 5.25 log, 99.999% mobile device disinfection in just 55 seconds, from AUVS.

See it at AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo

- Cleanis Booth 510

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Hand Hyigene Plus 

Patients know how dirty cell phones and tablets are: the subject is covered in all major media.

 

AUVS' Hand Hygiene Plus program delivers a one-two punch directly addressing the problem AND your patient's concerns.

Hand Hygiene Plus:

1) Provides a proven line of defense against germs and cross-contamination with The UV Box and 55-second disinfection!

2) Helps your hospital deliver a visible message about your commitment to providing a safer environment.

To learn more click or call: 716-525-2127

 
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NEWSFLASH - Feb 7, 2019

Latest independent lab test results show The UV Box delivers 5.25 log, 99.999% disinfection of norovirus on handheld devices including tablets and smartphones in just 55 seconds.

 

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Southeast Hospital Group

Picks The UV Box

NEWSFLASH - Dec. 15, 2018

AUVS' Germicidal enclosure, The UV Box, has been selected as the group-wide Mobile Handheld Device disinfection system for a 14 hospital group in the southeast - More information to follow,

 

AUVS Germicidal Enclosure, The UV Box, Protecting Hospital's Youngest Patients

Virginia Hospital Puts The UV Box ​on front line in  Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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AUVS Releases List of Recent UV Box

Hospital Installations

Hospitals across the US are adding The UV Box to the Hand Hygiene Bundle.

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Medical-Quality Disinfection Targets Mobile Devices

in the Food Processing and Foodservice Industries

The UV Box Targets Mobile devices that come in close contact with food, processing and serving 

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