Clinical studies of the high-intensity narrow-spectrum light environmental decontamination system (HINS-light EDS), for continuous disinfection in the burn unit inpatient and outpatient settings

Sarah Elaine Bache, Michelle Maclean, S.J. MacGregor, John G. Anderson, George Gettinby, J. E. Coia, I. Taggart

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

35 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Infections are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in burn patients and prevention of contamination from exogenous sources including the hospital environment is becoming increasingly emphasised. The High-Intensity Narrow-Spectrum light Environmental Decontamination System (HINS-light EDS) is bactericidal yet safe for humans, allowing continuous disinfection of the environment surrounding burn patients. Environmental samples were collected from inpatient isolation rooms and the outpatient clinic in the burn unit, and comparisons were then made between the bacterial contamination levels observed with and without use of the HINS-light EDS. Over 1000 samples were taken. Inpatient studies, with sampling carried out at 0800 h, demonstrated a significant reduction in the average number of bacterial colonies following HINS-light EDS use of between 27% and 75%, (p<0.05). There was more variation when samples were taken at times of increased activity in the room. Outpatient studies during clinics demonstrated a 61% efficacy in the reduction of bacterial contamination on surfaces throughout the room during the course of a clinic (p=0.02). The results demonstrate that use of the HINS-light EDS allows efficacious bacterial reductions over and above that achieved by standard cleaning and infection control measures in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the burn unit.

LanguageEnglish
Pages69-76
Number of pages8
JournalBurns
Volume38
Issue number1
Early online date21 Nov 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

Fingerprint

Burn Units
Decontamination
Disinfection
Inpatients
Outpatients
Light
Contamination
Sampling Studies
Infection Control
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Cleaning
Sampling
Morbidity
Mortality
Clinical Studies
Infection

Keywords

  • HINS-light
  • burn
  • bacteria
  • cross-contamination
  • thermal injury
  • infection
  • environmental decontamination

Cite this

@article{87f503f7dd5f4a97ac75db7eab02d265,
title = "Clinical studies of the high-intensity narrow-spectrum light environmental decontamination system (HINS-light EDS), for continuous disinfection in the burn unit inpatient and outpatient settings",
abstract = "Infections are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in burn patients and prevention of contamination from exogenous sources including the hospital environment is becoming increasingly emphasised. The High-Intensity Narrow-Spectrum light Environmental Decontamination System (HINS-light EDS) is bactericidal yet safe for humans, allowing continuous disinfection of the environment surrounding burn patients. Environmental samples were collected from inpatient isolation rooms and the outpatient clinic in the burn unit, and comparisons were then made between the bacterial contamination levels observed with and without use of the HINS-light EDS. Over 1000 samples were taken. Inpatient studies, with sampling carried out at 0800 h, demonstrated a significant reduction in the average number of bacterial colonies following HINS-light EDS use of between 27{\%} and 75{\%}, (p<0.05). There was more variation when samples were taken at times of increased activity in the room. Outpatient studies during clinics demonstrated a 61{\%} efficacy in the reduction of bacterial contamination on surfaces throughout the room during the course of a clinic (p=0.02). The results demonstrate that use of the HINS-light EDS allows efficacious bacterial reductions over and above that achieved by standard cleaning and infection control measures in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the burn unit.",
keywords = "HINS-light , burn, bacteria, cross-contamination , thermal injury, infection, environmental decontamination",
author = "Bache, {Sarah Elaine} and Michelle Maclean and S.J. MacGregor and Anderson, {John G.} and George Gettinby and Coia, {J. E.} and I. Taggart",
year = "2012",
month = "2",
doi = "10.1016/j.burns.2011.03.008",
language = "English",
volume = "38",
pages = "69--76",
journal = "Burns",
issn = "0305-4179",
number = "1",

}

Clinical studies of the high-intensity narrow-spectrum light environmental decontamination system (HINS-light EDS), for continuous disinfection in the burn unit inpatient and outpatient settings. / Bache, Sarah Elaine; Maclean, Michelle; MacGregor, S.J.; Anderson, John G.; Gettinby, George; Coia, J. E.; Taggart, I.

In: Burns, Vol. 38, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 69-76.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Clinical studies of the high-intensity narrow-spectrum light environmental decontamination system (HINS-light EDS), for continuous disinfection in the burn unit inpatient and outpatient settings

AU - Bache, Sarah Elaine

AU - Maclean, Michelle

AU - MacGregor, S.J.

AU - Anderson, John G.

AU - Gettinby, George

AU - Coia, J. E.

AU - Taggart, I.

PY - 2012/2

Y1 - 2012/2

N2 - Infections are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in burn patients and prevention of contamination from exogenous sources including the hospital environment is becoming increasingly emphasised. The High-Intensity Narrow-Spectrum light Environmental Decontamination System (HINS-light EDS) is bactericidal yet safe for humans, allowing continuous disinfection of the environment surrounding burn patients. Environmental samples were collected from inpatient isolation rooms and the outpatient clinic in the burn unit, and comparisons were then made between the bacterial contamination levels observed with and without use of the HINS-light EDS. Over 1000 samples were taken. Inpatient studies, with sampling carried out at 0800 h, demonstrated a significant reduction in the average number of bacterial colonies following HINS-light EDS use of between 27% and 75%, (p<0.05). There was more variation when samples were taken at times of increased activity in the room. Outpatient studies during clinics demonstrated a 61% efficacy in the reduction of bacterial contamination on surfaces throughout the room during the course of a clinic (p=0.02). The results demonstrate that use of the HINS-light EDS allows efficacious bacterial reductions over and above that achieved by standard cleaning and infection control measures in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the burn unit.

AB - Infections are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in burn patients and prevention of contamination from exogenous sources including the hospital environment is becoming increasingly emphasised. The High-Intensity Narrow-Spectrum light Environmental Decontamination System (HINS-light EDS) is bactericidal yet safe for humans, allowing continuous disinfection of the environment surrounding burn patients. Environmental samples were collected from inpatient isolation rooms and the outpatient clinic in the burn unit, and comparisons were then made between the bacterial contamination levels observed with and without use of the HINS-light EDS. Over 1000 samples were taken. Inpatient studies, with sampling carried out at 0800 h, demonstrated a significant reduction in the average number of bacterial colonies following HINS-light EDS use of between 27% and 75%, (p<0.05). There was more variation when samples were taken at times of increased activity in the room. Outpatient studies during clinics demonstrated a 61% efficacy in the reduction of bacterial contamination on surfaces throughout the room during the course of a clinic (p=0.02). The results demonstrate that use of the HINS-light EDS allows efficacious bacterial reductions over and above that achieved by standard cleaning and infection control measures in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the burn unit.

KW - HINS-light

KW - burn

KW - bacteria

KW - cross-contamination

KW - thermal injury

KW - infection

KW - environmental decontamination

U2 - 10.1016/j.burns.2011.03.008

DO - 10.1016/j.burns.2011.03.008

M3 - Article

VL - 38

SP - 69

EP - 76

JO - Burns

T2 - Burns

JF - Burns

SN - 0305-4179

IS - 1

ER -