Holy Family Memorial Installs Bacteria Fighting Operating Room Light Fixtures

Indigo-Clean Continuous Environmental Disinfection Lighting in use at Holy Family Hospital, Manitowoc, WI

“The operating rooms are in constant use, so knowing there is no room downtime and disinfection starts immediately with a flip of a switch [with no training necessary], we believe Indigo-Clean is the safest and most efficient solution for us to help reduce the risk of surgical site infections.”

Holy Family Memorial Medical Center is the first hospital in Wisconsin to use Indigo-Clean™ continuous environmental disinfecting operating room (OR) light fixtures to help reduce the risk of surgical site infections.

In March 2017, Holy Family Memorial installed the Indigo-Clean operating room lights, boosting Holy Family Memorial’s efforts to reduce an already low surgical site infection rate. Holy Family Memorial saw an average daily bacteria reduction of 82% in the operating room where Indigo-Clean was installed even after adjusting for differences in room usage.

“Holy Family Memorial prides itself in promoting innovative products and services for our community so the ability to work with Indigo-Clean as a Clinical Partner provided benefits for both parties,” said Lisa Sherman, Director, Operating Room, Holy Family Memorial. “We chose to partner with Indigo-Clean over other disinfecting technologies because of the ease of use and the proven efficacy of the disinfecting lights. We look forward to expanding the usage of Indigo-Clean in other areas of the hospital in the future.”

Indigo-Clean fixtures use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to generate visible white light that also contains a narrow spectrum of indigo colored light. This indigo color uses a wavelength of 405 nanometers (nm) to automatically, safely and continuously disinfect the air, and hard and soft surfaces. The 405nm light is absorbed by molecules within bacteria, producing a chemical reaction that kills the bacteria from the inside as if common household bleach has been released within the bacterial cells. When the OR is not being used, the lights can be switched to an Indigo-only mode, providing a higher degree of safe disinfection.

Sherman also noted, “The operating rooms are in constant use, so knowing there is no room downtime…

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