Frequently Asked Questions
What is Indigo-Clean?
Indigo-Clean, a Continuous Environmental Disinfection system, uses visible light to safely and continuously kill harmful bacteria within the environment. Indigo-Clean is a light fixture that installs easily into the ceiling of any room in the hospital, bolstering your current cleaning protocols.
What does it kill?
Indigo-Clean is proven to kill MRSA* and C.diff**, as well as other ESKAPE pathogens: Enterococcus Faecalis, Klebsiella Pneumonae, Acinetobacter Baumannii, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Enterobacter Spoecies. It also kills Aspergillus Niger, E.Coli, and Salmonella Enteritidis.
*Rutala W., Kanamori H., Gergen M., Sickbert-Bennett E., Sexton D., Anderson D., Weber D.J., Antimicrobial Activity of a Continuous Visible Light Disinfection System, ID Week 2016
** SGS Lab Report# - 09S17053798
How has it been tested?
Indigo-Clean was invented at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and tested in their lab and at the Royal Infirmary of Glasgow over a period of 12 years. Indigo-Clean has been further tested with Clinical Partners located all over the U.S. in applications like Operating Rooms, Waiting Rooms and Emergency Departments.
Where Should I use it?
Indigo-Clean is ideal for Operating Rooms where hours of operation are 12 hours on/ 12 hours off due to room shut down. Indigo-Clean’s enhanced product portfolio expands into other applications such as patient bathrooms, waiting rooms, procedure and exam rooms, and emergency departments.
Indigo-Clean uses visible light waves, specifically, 405 nanometers generated from state-of-the-art LED technology, to kill harmful bacteria. This light is absorbed by porphyrin molecules inside the bacteria casing biocidal reactive oxygen to form. This process suffocates and kills the bacteria from within the organism. This chemical reaction created by the light is identical to that created by common, household bleach. This visible wave of light will reflect off of walls and objects, providing disinfection in areas not directly illuminated. By inactivating bacteria in the environment, you have now broken the chain of infection between the organism and the host you will ultimately to reduce hospital acquired infections.
Indigo-Clean is meant for the Environmental Services and Infection Preventionist responsible for maintaining cleanliness and preventing the spread of harmful bacteria. It is designed to support their goal to reduce HAIs by bolstering their current infection prevention efforts.
The Indigo-Clean Continuous Environmental Disinfection technology is suited for a broad range of clinical spaces. Indigo-Clean works best where there is a concentration of patients and caregivers that contribute to the migration of bacteria. It is especially suited for entryways and waiting rooms or places that are difficult to clean continuously where harmful bacteria are known to enter a facility. It is also well suited for areas where there are patients whose compromised immune systems make them more susceptible to acquiring an infection.
Current environmental disinfection methods are applied at discrete moments in time, classifying then as “episodic.” These methods are effective, however, the results from episodic cleaning are short-lived as germs almost immediately re-populate the space. In addition to the continuous action, Indigo-Clean kills harmful bacteria in the air, and on hard and soft surfaces while most of the current products only work on a portion of the places bacteria can be found.
Environmental Disinfection is the removal or destruction of microorganisms in the air and on surfaces. Its ultimate purpose is to improve patient safety and health by reducing reservoirs where such microorganisms may reside and be transmitted to a nearby host.
Environmental disinfection breaks the chain of infection between the organism (harmful bacteria) and the host. It is a crucial step in helping to reduce hospital acquired infections.
No: Indigo-Clean is designed to reduce harmful bacteria in the environment by supplementing current disinfection efforts.
Yes, however, the level increases over time as dose builds up within the organisms. In a laboratory setting 99% disinfection can be achieved in as little as 2 hours, however, in a clinical environment the advertised level of disinfection (70%) takes approximately 24 hours to achieve – this can be shortened by increasing the amount of disinfecting light in the room.
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