Siemens and Violet Defense Provide Integrated Facility Solution to Reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 1:18 pm EDT

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Orlando, FL
  • According to CDC data, HAIs contribute to between $35BN and $45BN in overall annual inpatient medial costs at U.S. hospitals.[1]
  • Multiple applications of UV per day, especially when used with chemical disinfection, can help effectively kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Siemens Building Technologies is integrating its Intelligent Infrastructure Solutions (I2S) with Violet Defense Technology for implementing and monitoring effective sanitation in a variety of healthcare settings. Facility managers can now sanitize patient rooms, operating and emergency rooms, restrooms, and more, using ultraviolet (UV) technology that can be controlled through building automation and management systems.

Traditionally, such healthcare rooms are cleaned using chemical disinfection such as quaternary ammonium disinfectant (quat) or bleach every few days or in between patients, depending on individual hospital standards. However, a Duke University Medical Center study has found that adding UV to these cleaning solutions can reduce the spread of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) by at least 30 percent.[2] In addition, increasing the frequency of cleaning cycles to multiple times a day when the rooms are vacant can further reduce HAIs significantly. 

“HAIs are of increasing concern in the healthcare industry,” says Brad Haeberle, Vice President, Solution and Service Portfolio, Siemens Building Technologies Division. “Integrating the Violet Defense S.A.G.E. (Surface & Air Germ Elimination) UV products into our APOGEE® building automation system and Desigo® CC integrated building management system (IBMS) will make it easier for facility managers to manage and control disinfection cycles.”

Additionally, building access and occupancy systems that are integrated into the IBMS can increase building occupant safety and also help indicate when rooms are available for cleaning. Using IBMS analytics, facility managers will be able to access sanitation audit trails that indicate when a room was last sanitized, how often, and for how long, thus determining optimal cleaning schedules.

“By working with Siemens, we believe that healthcare facilities can maintain a healthier environment automatically through the building automation controls, to better protect patients, visitors and staff from harmful germs,” said Mark Nathan, CSO for Violet Defense. 

Violet Defense’s S.A.G.E. UV technology uses a combination of pulsed xenon UV light wavelengths to effectively kill fungi, bacteria, and viruses, including E. coli, Salmonella, C. difficile, Norovirus, and even superbugs such as MRSA. Capable of being integrated into new or existing customer sites, the product line brings up to 99.9% clinical-level germ control to everyday spaces, from patient and operating rooms in healthcare settings to commercial kitchens, office buildings, restrooms, hotels, schools, cruise ships, laboratories, and more.

APOGEE and Desigo are registered trademarks of Siemens and/or its affiliates in some countries.

 

About Violet Defense Technology


Founded in 2012, Violet Defense Technology is on a journey to find new ways to protect people from harmful germs that have grown resistant to traditional forms of cleaning and disinfecting. Its patented method uses the proven power of germ-killing light, including UV and violet blue light, to fight the war against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and bacterial spores without the use of chemicals. Its patented technology miniaturizes the deployment of germ-killing light to integrate into almost any product or environment.  For more information on Violet Defense Technology and the S.A.G.E. UV anti-microbial line, visit www.violetdefense.com.  Follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.  

 

About Siemens

The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) is the North American market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and energy management.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 372,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $92.0 billion in fiscal 2017. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.3 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

 

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Media Contacts

Violet Defense
Jessica Jones, Vice President of Marketing

+1-407-433-1104, x1002

jjones@violetdefense.com
 

Siemens
Kara Evanko, Media Relations

+1-202-285-3072
kara.evanko@siemens.com
 

[1] Scott, R. Douglas II, Economist, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2009.

[2] Andersen, D., Chen L. F., Weber D.J., Moehring R.W., Lewis S.S., Triplett P., Blocker M., Becherer P., Schwab J.C., Knelson L.P., Lokhnygina Y. Rutala W., Sexton D.J., CDC Epicenters Program, Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Duke University Medical Center, University of North Carolina Health Care, High Point Regional Health System, Alamance Regional Health Center, Rex Healthcare, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Duke University. 2015 The Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room (BETR) Disinfection Study: A Cluster Randomized, Multicenter Crossover Study with 2×2 Factorial Design to Evaluate the Impact of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection on Acquisition and Infection Caused by Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDRO). SHEA Featured Abstract Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, IDWeek October 9, 2015, San Diego, California.