New hope in the fight against infections and antimicrobial resistance in hospitals

Halton and LED Tailor bringing a joint solution for providing the highest hygienic level in operating rooms and other healthcare premises

Preventing surgical-site infections (SSI) and other healthcare-associated infections (HAI) has a major impact in the wellbeing and safety of patients and staff, and allows hospitals to save an enormous amount of money and resources annually.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and surgical site infections (SSI) are a significant issue and increasing threat for hospitals at this moment. This innovation provides a safer operating room environment by reducing SSIs and helps to reduce the development of the AMR of microbes. Halton, the technology leader in ultra-clean ventilation systems, integrates LED Tailors blue light disinfection system to eliminate microbes from surfaces while being 100% safe for the staff and patients.

In May 2015 World Health Assembly adopted a global action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. AMR threatens the very core of modern medicine and the sustainability of an effective, global public health response to the enduring threat from infectious diseases. Without harmonized and immediate action on a worldwide scale, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era in which common infections could once again kill.

The cost of treating an SSI involving an implant is associated with 344 000 – 420 000€ per infection.

– Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are causing around 37 000 deaths and 16 million extra days of hospital stay annually in Europe. HAIs continue to place a substantial burden on our healthcare system. Among the most common HAIs are surgical site infections (SSIs) which are accountable for most perioperative morbidity and prolonged hospitalization. According to the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), on any given day, 81 089 patients in European acute care hospitals are battling at least one HAI. The cost of treating an SSI involving an implant is associated with 344 000 – 420 000€ per infection, explains Kim Hagström, Director, Technology, Halton Oy.

– I am delighted to make our rapid and automating photon disinfection technology available now through Halton’s ventilation products, aimed for operating rooms worldwide. LED Tailor’s disinfection system inside Halton’s Vita OR Space system automatically destroys microbes, including the E.Coli and Staphylococcus aureus, very efficiently from all OR surfaces, resulting in 5log10 reductions (99.999) in 4 to 12 hours, depending on the size and type of the system installed, states Harri Rautio, CEO of LED Tailor.

Blue light kills microbes from surfaces, which are hard to reach by a traditional cleaning method.

– I am very pleased with the co-operation with LED Tailor and being able to bring this innovation to the hospital operating rooms. We want to help the hospitals fight against antimicrobial resistance, which is a major issue for them. The disinfection blue light kills microbes from surfaces, which are hard to reach by a traditional cleaning method. The system is configurated so that the disinfection mode is automatically turned on when the room is not occupied. The embedded general lighting further reduces the need for multiple systems and saves space for medical installations, says Sami Ahonen, Head of Sales and Marketing, Halton Health.

More information can provide:

Sami Ahonen
Head of Sales and Marketing
Health Segment, Halton Oy
+358 50 550 4090

Kim Hagström
Director, Technology
Halton Oy
+358 20 792 2328

Harri Rautio
LED Tailor
+358 40 865 4072