Bacteria Killing Light Bulbs Have Revolutionized The Field Of Medicine
Over the years, there has been an extensive growth in the market for devices designed to kill bacteria in health care settings. The overhead bacteria killing light bulbs that are safe around patients and hospital staff happen to be one of the most remarkable achievements in health care sector. The bacteria killing light bulbs are potent enough to inactivate a wide range of microorganisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile, and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). They are designed exclusively to function continuously without any operator. Based on state-of-the-art technology, these bulbs are effective in establishing the cleaning and disinfection protocols in hospitals. They make use of visible, indigo-colored light at approximately 405 nanometers (nm). Their functioning is based on the absorption of wavelength of light within the bacteria. Consequently, a chemical reaction is produced which kills the bacteria from inside. As a matter of fact, the bacteria killing light bulbs have been manufactured through an exclusive agreement with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, which developed, verified through research and patented the technology. Glasgow Royal Infirmary, a teaching hospital has been using Strathclyde’s technology since a decade. Around 20 peer-reviewed academic studies have already been published on the indigo light technology since 2008. Talking about the light fixture technology, Cliff Yahnke, the director of clinical affairs at Kenall Manufacturing said, “As a part of Strathclyde’s clinical engagement in the U.K. over the last seven years, this technology has proven effective in killing bacteria in hospital settings.” He further emphasized that the Indigo-Clean technology is also capable of continuously cleaning the air along with soft and hard surfaces. The Indigo-Clean fixture technology was evaluated by Froedtert Hospital in its gastroenterology endoscopy clinic’s waiting room. As per the result based on over 1,000 collected samples, a 40 percent continuous bacterial reduction was highlighted. According to Nathan Ledeboer, associate professor of pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, “The initial results suggest even higher levels of bacteria reduction could be obtained with a configuration optimized for the area, taking into account its size and patient traffic.” He further stated, “We are beginning a second evaluation to understand the potential impact of an optimized configuration upon the bacteria levels in medically relevant spaces within our institution.” Tom Duncan, the vice president of UHS has shown keen interest in documenting how Indigo-Clean can improve the hospital environment and benefit patient health outcomes. Certainly, the bacteria killing light bulbs are a revolutionary invention which is bound to bring a positive change into the medical sector.