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Hospital installs bacteria-fighting operating room light fixtures
Las Vegas's Henderson Hospital is the first in the nation to purchase and install Indigo-Clean disinfecting lights in its operating and recovery rooms.
Indigo-Clean is clinically proven to reduce harmful bacteria, including MRSA and C-diff, up to 70% beyond routine disinfection efforts, helping to proactively kill harmful bacteria before it enters the body.
This patented, continuous environmental disinfection technology, is not UV light. It uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate visible white light that also contains a narrow spectrum of indigo colored light. The indigo color uses a wavelength of 405 nanometers (nm), which automatically and continuously disinfects the environment.
The system features two modes of disinfection: White Disinfection Mode provides ambient lighting and continuous environmental disinfection while the room is occupied; when the room is not in use, the control system automatically selects Indigo-Disinfection Mode to provide maximum disinfection power.
Unlike other systems that require the room to be taken out of service and/or activated by a trained operator, Indigo-Clean is automatic, which minimises human error and room downtime. Partnering this continuous environmental disinfection technology with current cleaning protocols, leaves the room cleaner and safer for the patients and staff.
"Maintaining a safe, clean environment for our patients is our number one priority," says Sam Kaufman, CEO and managing director of Henderson Hospital, the newest acute care hospital within The Valley Health System. "Indigo-Clean safely, automatically, and continuously disinfects the environment, which means there is no need for room downtime when it's in use.
"Because the system is automated, it doesn't require a person to operate it which also reduces risk of human error. These concerns are particularly important in our operating rooms which are in constant use throughout the day.
"We are excited to be at the forefront of hospitals across the US by providing this new, proven technology as another tool to help keep our patients safe."
Indigo-Clean is an affiliate of Kenall Manufacturing, established in in 1963. Kenall provides sealed lighting for containment or clean spaces, security lighting for detention facilities, and specialised healthcare and transportation applications. Cliff Yahnke, Ph.D., Kenall's director of clinical affairs for Indigo-Clean, explains:
"As an innovator in healthcare lighting and a leader in LED lighting, we are excited to bring healthcare providers, like Henderson Hospital, this effective, revolutionary environmental disinfection tool to bolster current cleaning methods, providing a safer environment for their patients.
"We applaud Henderson Hospital for being an early adopter and look forward to seeing Indigo-Clean's presence in other hospitals as healthcare providers continue to realise its benefits."
The Valley Health System plans to install the Indigo-Clean light fixtures in additional facilities in the Las Vegas area over the next few months.
3rd November 2016