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Advanced Airborne Pathogen Detection Technology Comes to America

Disinfection Services LLC, the North American distributor for Ireland-based NuWave Sensors, will launch the PathogenALERT RAPID Reader System (Rapid Airborne Pathogen Identification and Detection) to US infection professionals at the 2016 APIC conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"The RAPID Reader System automatically detects infectious airborne contaminants before visual growth occurs. This provides valuable time to engage in corrective action before an outbreak takes place," stated Susan Skelton, owner of Disinfection Services.

The RAPID Reader is an on-site microbial detection sensor that remotely monitors airborne pathogens (bacteria, yeasts and molds), radically altering the present approach to pathogen detection and control.

The RAPID Reader draws an air sample into a nutrient-rich detection site engineered to determine the presence of specific microbial contamination.  Sensors connected to the cloud-based monitoring system send text and email alerts whenever…and wherever… contamination is detected.

Stephen Daniels, inventor and co-founder of NuWave Sensors, states that reducing infection risks and costs are a key benefit to users.  "Implementing the RAPID Reader should have a significant impact on the effective management of airborne pathogens, resulting in lower overall costs for detection, infection risks, and remedial actions."

Continuous, on-site monitoring significantly shortens contamination detection times from days to hours, and automates the pathogen sampling, monitoring and detection process.  Cloud-based software provides daily reports, detailing current and historical risk levels using a similar format to traditional reporting techniques. The RAPID Reader eliminates the high expense and risk caused by current sampling methods that require long delays and external laboratory analysis.

"The PathogenALERT RAPID Reader system is a great stand-alone detection tool," said Skelton, "Our clients are able to simply detect pathogens on-site and on-time, and can also bundle one or more RAPID Readers with advanced UVC disinfection technology to detect, alert, and destroy airborne pathogens before an outbreak occurs. The ultimate goal is to help reduce pathogen transmission and infection to improve patient outcomes."

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