Chief Executive Officer, UVSheltron
Rear Admiral (Ret), U.S. Navy
Senate Substitute for House Bill No. 5523, HB-5523 Passed by Michigan Senate, February 8, 2022
On February 8, 2022, the Michigan State Senate passed House Bill 5523 and referred it to the Governor’s office for consideration and enactment into law. The bill devotes $1.2 billion to many important endeavors including efforts to prevent and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Some initial sections of the bill specifically provide funding or grants for products to help hospitals and assisted living facilities (nursing homes) provide cleaner facilities for patients, residents, and staff. Specifically:
SECTION 313: “….hospital airborne pathogen control program, $10,000,000.00 shall be allocated to hospitals for in-room ceiling installations and internet of things-connected Michigan-based ultraviolet control technology filtration and cleaning systems or other devices that reduce surface pathogens and airborne contaminants for control of harmful pathogens in the air and on settled surfaces. The program shall be designed to meet all of the following parameters:
(a) The program shall be a pilot program.
(b) Hospitals and health systems that were in the top 10 hospitals/health systems in the number of COVID patients treated in the state in calendar year 2021 and that have submitted letters of intent to utilize this technology to the Michigan department of health and human services by April 1, 2022 shall be given priority.”
UVSheltron projects the following healthcare networks are most likely to be in the population of to 10 hospitals in the number of COVID patients treated.
Beaumont Health https://www.beaumont.org/home
Henry Ford Health System https://www.henryford.com
Spectrum Health https://www.spectrumhealth.org
Sparrow Health System http://www.sparrow.org
Detroit Medical Center https://www.dmc.org/home
Trinity Health https://www.trinity-health.org
Ascension Healthcare https://healthcare.ascension.org
McLaren Health Care Corporation https://www.mclaren.org
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System https://www.stjoeshealth.org
Michigan Medicine https://med.umich.edu
SECTION 318: “…. the department of health and human services shall allocate $29,000,000.00 in grants to skilled nursing facilities. Grants shall fund structural and operational improvements to skilled nursing facilities that would help reduce the spread of infectious disease. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Efforts to improve indoor air quality, including maintenance and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems…….
(d) The purchase and installation of technologies to reduce the spread of infectious disease.
(2) Individual nursing facilities are limited to no more than $500,000.00 in funds….”
Note: The specific nursing homes that will be eligible for the funding are not yet known.
UVSheltron: UVSheltron’s CEO appeared before ten Michigan State Senators and Representatives in January of 2022 providing expertise on an array of solutions to the challenge of returning the workforce to the workplace. UVSheltron’s products are uniquely designed and adapted to support the State of Michigan’s pathogen fighting efforts. Our teams will support Michigan businesses seeking safer workspaces for customers and staff. Specifically, UVSheltron devices include:
- Pure Air 500 & Pure Air 200— “Protected by UVSheltron ~ Powered by Zentox:”
For occupied spaces--aerosol disinfection, these devices are the patented & proprietary UV air purifiers called “Pure Air.” Pure Air’s has been laboratory tested by the Public Health Agency of Canada and hospital tested at Wake Forest University. They come in two portable models as well as installed ceiling devices that can disinfect rooms as large as 4,000 sq ft of airborne pathogens…. perfect for common spaces such as waiting rooms, treatment rooms, cafeterias, and conference rooms. These devices draw in the contaminated air and use UV-A and a proprietary titanium dioxide catalyst to kill pathogens through Photocatalytic Oxidation…in other words, airborne organic pathogens, micro-bacteria, and other airborne substances are oxidized on the catalytic source. Clean air is then propelled into the space. They can run 24/7 and all operations are internal to the devices to include the UV light and oxidation. There are no harmful emissions such as Ozone or Hydrogen Peroxide. Pure Air purification systems are listed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for meeting EPA ozone emissions safety standards for air purifiers.
- Surface Disinfection: UVSheltron has several types of surface disinfection devices to augment exiting cleaning crews for enhanced SARS-COV-2 preventative disinfection and COVID cleanup:
- Illuminant Towers: UVSheltron has a 6-foot and a 3-foot tower called Illuminant-6 and Illuminant-3 respectively, and they can disinfect medium and large spaces up to 9,000 sq ft. The towers fill the spaces with germicidal UVC light and disinfect floor to ceiling…. all vertical and horizontal surfaces that cleaning crews can and cannot reach. Illuminant towers disinfect with 99.99% effectiveness in just a few minutes and without utilizing chemicals.
Object Disinfection: UVSheltron has several cabinets and handheld devices for object disinfection.
Elide, Chamber, and Ark Cabinets for object disinfection: We make three cabinets or UVC boxes— “Elide,” "Chamber,” and “Ark.” They range from Elide that is minifridge-size for desktop devices – to – Chamber that is locker-size cabinets for lab coats and first responder gear – to – the Ark that is big enough for wheelchairs and carts.
- UVSheltron Ark--Custom designed and tailor made: The Ark is the size of a walk-in closet and is specifically designed for large healthcare facilities requiring wheelchair and pushcart disinfection. In just two minutes, the Ark utilizes 18 UVC lamps for 360-degree disinfection killing 99.99% of viruses, bacteria, and mold. Ark irradiates all wheelchair surfaces including seats, backrests, armrests, grips, spokes, and hardware…. front and back…. top to bottom.
- Irrupt Handhelds for targeted disinfection: We have a handheld device called Irrupt and it looks like a 2-foot shop-light….it permits targeted disinfection and is very popular with vehicle fleets, fitness centers, bars, restaurants, and industrial maintenance lines.
- Elide, Chamber, and Ark Cabinets for object disinfection: We make three cabinets or UVC boxes— “Elide,” "Chamber,” and “Ark.” They range from Elide that is minifridge-size for desktop devices – to – Chamber that is locker-size cabinets for lab coats and first responder gear – to – the Ark that is big enough for wheelchairs and carts.
- How UVC works: The devices work through Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI). UVGI uses the short-wavelength UV-C light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids--disrupting the RNA/DNA and leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. Our devices kill 99.99 percent of hundreds of pathogens (including viruses, bacteria and hard to kill mold & spores) without toxic chemicals.
Sources & Links:
- Michigan senate substitute for House Bill 5523 (including coronavirus sections)- http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2021-2022/billengrossed/House/pdf/2021-HEBS-5523.pdf
- Beaumont Health https://www.beaumont.org/home
- Henry Ford Health System https://www.henryford.com
- Spectrum Health https://www.spectrumhealth.org
- Sparrow Health System http://www.sparrow.org
- Detroit Medical Center https://www.dmc.org/home
- Trinity Health https://www.trinity-health.org
- Ascension Healthcare https://healthcare.ascension.org
- McLaren Health Care Corporation https://www.mclaren.org
- Saint Joseph Mercy Health System https://www.stjoeshealth.org
- Michigan Medicine https://med.umich.edu
UVSheltron: Link: www.uvsheltron.com