Disinfection today is so different from yesteryear’s when you have to bleach, soap, soak, wash with baking soda, boil or autoclave to be germ-free. It was messy, tedious, time-consuming, consumed inordinate amounts of water and used toxic ingredients o be super clean. Enter Vital Vio, Inc., a healthcare solutions company that transformed disinfection with the use of germ-killing LEDS using the patented VioSafe™ White Light Disinfection™ technology. Basically, a single component is integrated into LED light engines making it compatible with industry-standard light fixtures to continuously kill pervasive germs – simplified by merely turning on the switch.
“Vital Vio’s lighting technology has been proven effective in killing gram negative and gram positive bacteria, bacterial endospores, yeast, and fungi such as: SAlmonella, E.Coli, C. Diff & MRSA”
This strong interest in controlling nosocomial infection in medical settings stems from a very personal experience. Vital Vio’s CEO, Colleen Costello, founded the company because her own grandmother contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) during a hospital stay. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread readily through physical contact or can be airborne like Legionnaire’s disease. Germs are especially deadly to infants, and convalescing or immuno-compromised patients. However, infection control is not just a concern of hospitals – all buildings, malls, airports, dorms, schools, public restrooms, transport hubs, laboratories, education settings, restaurants, sports/recreation facilities, food processing facilities, hotels, and factories consider this costly and problematic. It’s a perpetual Achilles heel that can result in downtime, decreased productivity, and economic loss because of illness, or even death.
Vital Vio is a promising and economically viable solution since research has proven that this patented technology is effective in passively controlling pervasive microorganisms like Salmonella, E. coli and other deadly pathogens growing on surfaces.
“Vital Vio’s solutions multitask to safely, effectively, & continuously kill harmful organisms on indoor surfaces.”-Visa Lighting
Although Vital Vio does kill germs, the mechanism is different from that of noxious agents that kill on contact. According to the site, Vital Vio disinfects in 4 steps:
Vital Vio light shines on the bacterial cell and (photo)activates molecules within the cell.
Reactive Oxygen Species are produced in excess.
The build-up of Reactive Oxygen species is toxic and causes cellular damage.
The damage caused by the Reactive Oxygen species results in the death of the bacterial cell, rendering it harmless.
Partnering with licensing partners enabled this technology to be used in a variety of antibacterial lights perfect for commercial, retails, industrial and domestic customers. The White Light Disinfection Technology is projected to take these users by storm – even as it is seen to be a threatening presence to blue and infra light disinfecting. Ellumi Lighting™ a range of bacteria-killing lights launched by Evolution Lighting for residential users was launched recently and enjoying brisk sales at Amazon, Home Depot, Wayfair, and Houzz. What could be prettier, healthier, and more hardworking than these disinfecting lights working overtime in your bedroom, nursery, or kitchen?
With our VioSafe technology, we have reinvented disinfection; putting light to work in a unique way to safely, effectively, and continuously kill germs on indoor surfaces. – Colleen Costello
Vital Vio also powered Code 3®, a disinfecting compartment light that can be used for ambulances and other emergency transport systems. Though it was granted its patent only March 27, 2018, several related patents are underway and major collaborations with the biggest names promise exciting products. This lightbulb bound to be the NEXT BIG THING: indispensable and ubiquitous in the future. What could be smarter than continuous disinfection while lighting up a room with ease? Vital Vio LED Light kills 99% of bacteria on indoor and outdoor surfaces and does not use UV light that is toxic to plants and animals. Turn on the Light indeed!