Public Health, Social Tech
Web Site: http://uvify.hk
To make healthcare better and safer for all, UVify aims to safeguard against cross-contamination of medical tools and devices. Developed through design thinking, we are solving a real-world issue at the core of a global problem. Leveraging simple technology compatible with the existing healthcare ecosystem, we are a medical device start-up that began with a simple mission: engineering, optimising, and transforming healthcare tools at the crux of it all: lowering incidences of infection and safeguarding devices for protection.
Infectious diseases, especially those which are hospital-acquired, are an alarming global problem threatening population health and healthcare systems. These problems lead to longer waiting times and higher hospital occupation rates. Stethoscopes used by doctors are a major source of pathogen transmission. They are often contaminated and teaming with infectious bacteria. Shockingly, contamination risks increase exponentially after each clinic visit and there are also no universal prescription guidelines for sanitising stethoscopes – except through labourious manual cleaning with alcohol swabs.
Therefore, we have designed an automatic and portable UV-C light-based disinfection device for the medical staff to actively cleanse stethoscope diaphragms.
Our safe and flexible design features:
- Compatibility with all dimensions of stethoscopes
- Non-disruptive mechanical System for smooth rollout of diaphragm
- Non-cytotoxic skin-friendly and non-carcinogenic - unlike other UV lights
- Multi-pathogen inactivation of H1N1, MRSA, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterococcus faecalis
CHAN Sik Kwan (HKU)
Mashiat LAMISA (HKUST)
WEI Xue Lai (HKUST)
POON Jasmine Chi Man (HKUST)
Dr. Carrie LING (HKUST)