Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) are a huge, expensive problem for all healthcare providers and patients, causing approximately 1.7M infections with an excess cost of $35-50B annually. With increasing antibiotic resistance, improved environmental hygiene has become an area of increasing focus for the entire facility. This session will discuss the role of specification-grade lighting and visible light disinfection in preventing HAI, as well as feature a case study from a major regional hospital demonstrating the use of visible light disinfection with clinical data related to bioburden and infection rate reduction.
- Identify the types of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) and their collective impact upon the US healthcare system. This sets the foundation for WHY this subject is relevant to everyone including lighting professionals.
- Explain how infections can be acquired through the built environment and the range of solutions to improve environmental hygiene which are available to healthcare providers today. Lighting professionals will be able to understand the connection between what they do and medical outcomes related to environmental hygiene. T
- List the characteristics of specification-grade light fixtures and the areas where they can be used to reduce the transmission of pathogens in the environment. This connects the fundamental construction of a lighting enclosure to the subject of HAIs. This is something that is often overlooked in the lighting industry where lowest cost drives many choices.
- Quantify the financial benefit of visible light disinfection using currently available clinical evidence for HAI reduction and provide evidence-based, specification guidelines for the successful implementation of visible light disinfection in healthcare. This will allow lighting professionals to present the benefits of the technology to their customers and operationalize it in building construction. This will help lighting professionals communicate the benefits of this technology to their customers, the building owners and architects.
Dr. Clifford Yahnke received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University. He joined Kenall in 2013 bringing over 24 years of photonics and healthcare experience in a range of fields related to defense, telecommunications, radiation oncology, medical imaging, analytical instruments, and surgical lighting. As one of the inventors of Indigo-Clean, Dr. Yahnke has led its development and introduction into healthcare facilities across the US. Widely regarded as the industry expert on visible light disinfection, he has authored numerous articles and led studies using Indigo-Clean demonstrating its performance in reducing bacteria and infections in clinical settings.