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24 June 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

A new distribution agreement with Codonics, major USA based supplier of medication safety systems and infection control, has been signed by APC Contech.

In an addition to its sole UK supplier agreement for Codonics' D-6000 mobile device disinfection range, APC Contech will supply the new on-demand Radius3 disinfection technology system to UK hospitals and associated healthcare markets.

Radius3 is claimed to reduce disinfection times and can ‘easily’ be carried for use where required, overcoming one of the primary problems associated with static systems. It is designed for fast, on-demand disinfection of high-touch surfaces, e.g. the entire patient bed area, bathrooms and fixtures, keyboards, monitors and workstations on wheels.

The system incorporates three individually adjustable heads which can be positioned vertically and horizontally to direct intense, 254 nanometer wavelength UVC light to a broad surface area for disinfection. The heads can be positioned from 6in to more than 7ft from the ground and 4ft outward. This allows users to position the heads in close proximity to multiple targeted surfaces, allowing a maximum UVC dose to be applied.

In a 180-second cycle Radius3 reportedly achieves a 3-5 log reduction (99.9 to 99.999%) in pathogens such as MRSA, VRE, MDR-gram negative, Norovirus and C.diff spores.

“The transmission of HAIs is a serious problem and the European Centre for Disease Control reports that approximately 4.1 million patients are estimated to acquire a healthcare-associated infection in the EU each year,” explained Phil Lancaster, MD, Advanced Power Components. “Some 20-30% of these are considered to be preventable by intensive hygiene and control programmes. The UVC light technology used in these Codonics options will be an important part of this prevention programme.”

Picture: The Radius3 disinfection technology system is part of an agreement signed between US based supplier Codonics and APC Contech

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 24 June 2016

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