Healthcare

Klaran is ideal for
  • Administering surface disinfection on portable and point- of- care devices
  • Water purification for wound care
  • Sterile washing and decontamination systems
Klaran UVC LEDs for healthcare settings

The continued need to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) requires healthcare facilities and equipment providers to re-evaluate existing hygiene protocols and adopt solutions that integrate and automate infection prevention.

Medical Equipment Preparation
Klaran UVC LEDs medical equipment preparation

Commonly used hospital equipment such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, carts on wheels (COW) can transmit spores between patients and hospital surfaces. Existing hygiene protocols recommend the use of chemical wipes for defined periods ranging from 1 to 10 minutes to adequately treat high touch surfaces. However, most hospital-grade disinfection wipes do not work on Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile (C. diff) and the consistency of their use is difficult to validate.

Klaran UVC LED products are not only proven effective against C. diff and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but capable of achieving significant log reduction in seconds. When integrated into medical equipment, these compact UVC LEDs enhance and log compliance with hygiene protocols by delivering a consistent, effective germicidal dose every time.

Medical Device Disinfection
Klaran UVC LEDs medical device disinfection

Nosocomial or healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)- that is, infections which patients contract while receiving treatment at a healthcare facility- are a major global threat to patient safety and a large economic burden to healthcare systems. In the U.S., the CDC reports that HAIs affect approximately seven percent of hospitalized patients each year, with approximately 1.7 million instances resulting in 99,000 deaths at an estimated healthcare cost of $20 billion. Patients in intensive care units (ICU), burn units, neonates and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

Adding to this, the effectiveness of many antibiotics is waning as more and more types of bacteria become resistant to them. Klaran UVC LED products allow for on-demand germicidal performance to combat superbugs, which have no natural defense mechanism to UVC energy.

Water Treatment
Klaran UVC LEDs medical water treatment

Controlling waterborne Heterotopic Bacteria is an essential requirement for sterilization equipment, washers, flushers and reprocessing equipment used in healthcare settings. While UVC is an accepted and proven microbial technology it is not widely used in medical equipment water systems due to the intermittent way water is consumed during sterilization and washing services.

The traditional UVC solution, a mercury germicidal lamp, requires a warm-up time before reaching germicidal efficacy. To avoid potential contamination during a warm-up cycle, germicidal lamps are operated in near constant operation, consuming energy and lifetime even when not in use. This results in unnecessary operating expense and annual replacement of the lamp - both a market and cost barrier.

Klaran UVC LED products provide the essential on-demand germicidal performance for targeting common pathogens in healthcare settings. When considering designs for new medical devices and equipment, Klaran UVC LEDs offer:

  • Proven maintenance-free UVC germicidal performance
  • Compact and portable product designs
  • Consistent, effective and logged hygiene compliance

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