References

Turku University Hospital, Salo

Problem:
In a hospital, a clean environment is crucial for patient safety. Nearly all patients at the Pharmacotherapy Outpatient Clinic in Salo suffer from immunodeficiencies and are vulnerable to infections.

Solution:
A WiSDOM DS surface disinfection box was acquired at the clinic. It allows sensitive and awkwardly shaped objects to be efficiently and thoroughly disinfected. The unit is employed daily for the disinfection of blood pressure monitors and cuffs, tourniquets, thermometers, heating pads, mobile phones, keys, pens and pen holders.

Benefits:
“The unit is fast and convenient, and we use it several times a day. Disinfecting with light is effortless, and there’s no need to handle hazardous disinfectants. During the initial phase, we gave LED Tailor feedback based on the first few months of use, and many of the things that matter to us were implemented in the newer units. That’s great!”
-Jenni Suominen, Head Nurse, Pharmacotherapy Outpatient Clinic

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Kirkonkylä School, Perniö

Problem:
An inspection of the old part of the school revealed mildew, which had also led to problems with indoor air quality in the other part of the building. Students and staff had reported various symptoms, and all sorts of solutions had been tried over the years, such as structural repairs and portable air purifiers.

Solution:
In three of the classrooms, old fluorescent tubes were replaced with ANTiBAC AiRTUBE LED lights. Blue WiSDOM AiR photon disinfection lights were also installed in the premises, and surfaces were treated with catalytic coating. The blue light is controlled with a timer so that disinfection takes place at night when the premises are vacated.

Benefits:
“The new lights are pleasant and refreshing, and the students seem more alert in class. A few people no longer have migraines since the new lights were installed. I myself am cured of weekly bouts of migraines, and my eyes have stopped bothering me as well. We are so pleased with the solution that we have already decided to have more LED Tailor products in our other premises!”
– Sirkku Leikkonen, Rector

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SSO Supermarket, Salo

Problem:
In supermarkets it is important to maintain a high level of hygiene. SSO supermarket in Salo also wanted to improve customer experience. In such an environment, however, controlling microbial levels can be a challenge. The facility is frequented by thousands of people every day, as well as by several suppliers, some of whom handle fresh produce. The bottle deposit return point is one area that offers a particularly favorable environment for microbial growth, leading to an unpleasant odor.

Solution:
All fluorescent tubes in the store and in other premises were replaced with ANTiBAC AiRTUBE LED tubes, leading to a 50% drop in energy consumption while at the same time providing flicker-free lighting. Critical locations (bottle deposit machine, bakery and supplier entrance) were furnished with WiSDOM AiR photon disinfection lamps. Catalytic coating was also applied to critical spaces to boost disinfection. Two independent testing firms were employed to monitor microbial levels using two different methods.

Benefits:
“During the six-month trial period, microbial levels dropped markedly and the area around the bottle deposit machine became practically odorless. The results are exciting, and we are already exploring possibilities for extending the system to our other branches.”
– Esko Jääskeläinen, Managing Director, Suur-Seudun Osuuskauppa

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Veterinary clinic EHYT, Halikko Salo

Problem:
The clinic treats a large number of animals on a daily basis, which involves considerable hygienic risk. The clinic has seven treatment rooms, an imaging room, an operating room with prep and maintenance facilities, recovery rooms and two dental care facilities. Cleaning these premises takes a lot of time and energy. Other automated disinfection systems (such as UV lights or sterilization with hydrogen peroxide) were not an option, because only a method that was completely risk-free to staff was acceptable.

Solution:
A catalytic coating was applied to all surfaces in the recovery cages and the treatment rooms. Equipment is disinfected with a WiSDOM AiR MOBILE unit that can easily be moved on its caster wheels to whichever location is needed. Blue disinfection lights are always on when a space is not in use.

Benefits:
“Surface hygiene is so easy to maintain with the blue lights in place! We had tried in vain to clean the traction mat on the treatment table several times, yet just after one night with the lights the blood stains could simply be wiped off the stitching! The result is so positive we intend to have our other facilities treated as well, such as the operating room and the dental care facilities.”
– Jouni Niemi, Head of Development and Veterinarian

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Montessori kindergarten Aurinkoleijona, Salo

Problem:
When children are placed in a kindergarten, they typically start to get sick more often because there are so many children on the same premises every day. Epidemics tend to spread more easily in such an environment, even when the staff is careful with hygiene.

Solution:
Blue WiSDOM AiR photon disinfection lights were installed in the toilets, and surfaces were treated with catalytic coating. The blue light is controlled by sensors to ensure that all surfaces are disinfected automatically when the WC is not in use.

Benefits:
“The disinfection system was installed three weeks ago when the stomach flu period was at its worst. The effect was astonishing— the number of children with the flu remained extremely low. In our other unit, which has no disinfection system, the flu infected more than half of the children. It will be interesting to see if the system also decreases sickness in children in the long term.”
– Päivi Isopuro, Director of Kindergarten

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Cleanroom: Salofa Oy, Salo

Problem:
The cleanroom at Salofa is used to manufacture products for the health sector, which places exceptionally high demands on the facility. Every stray particle or microbe in the cleanroom is a potential risk for the quality of the product and the health of the end-user. Particle and microbe levels are monitored constantly to ensure the high standard of production.

Solution:
WiSDOM AiR photon disinfection lights were installed on the cleanroom ceiling. The timer-controlled system is completely automatic, cleaning the space at night when no employees are present. Apart from the installation of the LED Tailor photon disinfection system, no other changes were made in the facility or to the work undertaken there.

Benefits:
“The number of particles less than 1.0 μm in diameter decreased by over 98% and that of particles 1.0–5.0 μm in diameter by over 60%, so we are extremely happy with the outcome! Tubes for specialized medical care must be sterilized before delivery to the customer, and thanks to the LED Tailor solution our sterilization costs have clearly come down. The system has now been in place for more than two years. We reached the current level of cleanliness within the first month, so the situation is very stable.”
– Jarmo Nykänen, Plant Manager

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Ilolansalo Nursing Home, Salva Ry, Salo

Problem:
Elderly people are especially prone to infections, and a high level of hygiene is therefore important in a nursing home. Regular disinfection of equipment and tools minimizes the spread of bacteria among staff and clients alike. Although Ilolansalo center had a Deko washer disinfector, it cannot be used to disinfect all materials.

Solution:
A WiSDOM DS surface disinfection box was installed for an initial two-week trial period. During the trial, microbe samples taken in the center were compared with results from samples of disinfection with disposable disinfection wipes. The tests showed that the WiSDOM DS unit was working as intended, and it has since then been in active use.

Benefits:
“We have ensured that at least blood pressure monitors, tablet computers and mobile phones used by carers are disinfected once a week. We also use the unit to disinfect sampling equipment, thermometers, stethoscopes, keys, keyboards, computer mice, pens, blood sugar monitors and so on. The unit is easy to move and it has its own dedicated storage spot. We have set weekdays when it is in use in our home care and sheltered housing section. The other sections use the device when it is free.”
– Saija Kirjavainen, Head Nurse, Ilolansalo Nursing Home

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Laboratory: Finnsementti Oy, Parainen

Problem:
The laboratory at Finnsementti handles a broad range of samples, including recovered fuels and production process water. As the substances derive from waste, microbial risk is always present. The laboratory needed an automated disinfection system that would prevent the growth of bacteria, including legionella, and other microbes. They first considered using UV light, but UV suppliers failed to deliver proof and calculations of the efficacy of their systems on this particular class of bacteria. LED Tailor had the necessary calculations, and the harmlessness of blue light on materials and employees was another factor favoring the choice of LED Tailor.

Solution:
WiSDOM AiR photon disinfection lights were installed in two laboratory spaces, and general lighting was replaced with white ANTiBAC LED tubes. The system is controlled with automatic motion sensors in the fuel laboratory and with a standard switch in the other lab. All surfaces were treated with catalytic coating to boost the effect of the lights. For quick disinfection of small objects, a WiSDOM DS unit was also purchased.

Benefits:
“The blue lights improve work safety and minimize risk in our laboratory facilities, and we have been able to minimize the use of cleaning chemicals. The WiSDOM DS unit is used to clean cameras, mobile phones and other equipment we use in our research of alternative fuels. It is quite easy to use. The feedback from employees is positive, and our other departments have also expressed an interest in the LED Tailor disinfection solutions.”
– Ursula Kääntee, Quality and Process Development Manager

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Dental Clinic Tiina Yrjö-Koskinen Ltd., Riihimäki

Problem:
The clinic conducts a variety of operations and sees a large number of customers daily. This always involves a risk of contamination, and the clinic thus invests in hygiene. In addition to improved surface hygiene, better indoor air quality was also on the wish list.

Solution:
Existing fluorescent tubes in the equipment service area and treatment room were replaced with white ANTiBAC AiRTUBE LED tubes. Blue WiSDOM AiR photon disinfection luminaires were mounted on the ceiling for automatic night-time disinfection. All surfaces were treated with catalytic coating to boost the disinfection effect of the system and improve air quality by destroying harmful airborne substances, such as VOCs.

Benefits:
“The photon disinfection system gives us better surface hygiene, improving occupational safety and raising employees’ energy levels. It’s important to us to minimise the risk of infection to particularly vulnerable patients.”
-Tiina Yrjö-Koskinen, dentist

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