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New Solutions Needed for Drug Resistance
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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Several articles were published this week on the latest "superbugs" and the dangers they pose to the public. An antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae has taken hold in Houston putting the city at risk for broadly spreading this bacteria which may cause serious infections. A specific strain of this same bacteria in Nevada was found to be resistant to all 26 antibiotics used in the United States. 1

While much of the focus on the growing resistance to antibiotics has been focused on better treatment protocols for doctors and hospitals, we may need to look more broadly at the issue and how to deal with germs before people get sick. First, let's look at how antibiotic resistance actually occurs. As one author put it - "It's basically just Darwin's idea of the survival of the fittest, reduced to a microscopic level. 2"

Bacteria will find a way to resist antibiotics - whether that is changing their structure to resist the antibiotic effects, actually destroying the antibiotic like certain bacteria that can produce enzymes called beta-lactamases that actually destroy penicillin, or by acquiring drug-resistance from other bacteria. While antibiotics will kill many of the bacteria causing an illness, the few bacteria resistant to most, if not all antibiotics will grow and eventually take over.

The increase in antibiotic resistance is largely due to misuse of antibiotics through improper taking of the medication (i.e. stopping a 10-day dose when you start to feel better at day 7) or by taking antibiotics when they are not needed. So what can we do?

Preventing Infections

Preventing infections in the first place is actually the best solution for dealing with the growing resistance to antibiotics. Fewer infections also reduces the number of antibiotics that are used, reducing the chances of developing more antibiotic resistant bacteria and viruses over time.

We all know rule number one of stopping the spread of disease is to wash our hands with soap and water. For many years, antibacterial products were prevalent based on people looking for an additional layer of protection. However, the FDA eventually ruled that products with certain ingredients, such as triclosan, could no longer be marketed as manufacturers had not proven their products to be safe or that they were actually any better than plain soap and water. Some tests have even suggested that chemicals such as these were actually contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.

Ultraviolet Light for Disinfection

According to the CDC, "Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics developed by humans, which is why aggressive action is needed now." One strategy that can be used to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, is the deployment of proven germ-killing technology that microbes have not demonstrated an ability to build a resistance to since researchers discovered this benefit. Around since the beginning of time, UV can kill all bacteria, including drug-resistant bacteria and there have been no reports of microbes developing resistance to light-based methods. This is because UV light is actually attacking the DNA and RNA of microbes which high doeses of pure energy in the form of photons - hindering its ability to reproduce and ultimately killing the cells when enough UV energy has been delivered.

Violet Defense Technology has solutions that can bring this proven germ-killing light technology to every day spaces, including bathrooms, commercial buildings, doctor's offices, assisted living facilities, and restaurants. Contact us for more information.

1 http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/17/510227493/a-superbug-that-resisted-26-antibiotics

2 "How do bacteria become resistant to antibiotics?" 30 January 2001. HowStuffWorks.com. 17 May 2017

Making a First Impression
Every detail matters to make the grade - both in terms of sanitation and the impression you make on your patrons.

Every detail matters to make the grade - both in terms of sanitation and the impression you make on your patrons.

By Jessica Jones

In my hometown, there is a regular feature on the nightly news – highlighting the latest restaurants to have failed their food and safety inspections – or talking about the latest local spot to have closed down due to inability to correct their violations in a timely manner.  And of course, we have all heard the stories of a major restaurant chain that suffered a major hit to their sales (around 30% decrease) and stock prices due to multiple outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus in their restaurants.

Foodborne Illness Risk Factors

In Florida alone, there were 334,436 violations related to foodborne illness risk factors and public health interventions in 2015-2016 according to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation.  Over 65,000 of those were due to food-contact surfaces not being properly cleaned and sanitized.

Clearly this hasn’t been enough to majorly impact the restaurant industry – according to the National Restaurant Association, sales are growing with projected sales of $799 billion in 2017.  But what is it doing to a restaurant’s ability to attract new customers and maybe more importantly retain the ones that they have.  Based on a survey conducted on behalf of SCA Tissue North America, “80% of restaurant patrons believe that restroom cleanliness reflects the hygiene standards throughout the restaurant – including the kitchen and food prep areas.”  Furthermore, the study indicated that a negative restroom experience doesn’t just turn away a single customer, but can create damaging reviews and word-of-mouth resulting in overall decline in customers. 

Ultraviolet Light for Disinfection

Violet Defense offers a bathroom fan cover as part of its Surface & Air Germ Elimination (S.A.G.E.) line that uses the germ killing power of light to kill bacteria in the bathrooms.  The system uses an intelligent control system to automatically adapt its cleaning cycle to activate when room becomes unoccupied and adjust how long it stays on to match the level of traffic in your bathrooms. 

The whole room units can be deployed in kitchen and dining spaces to enhance your food safety efforts.  The pulsed Xenon system deploys a powerful, broad spectrum of UV and violet blue light to kill bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, Salmonella, and noro-viruses.  Not only does UV kill germs, but it breaks down grease as well.  Due to our patented technology, our solutions have a very small form factor and can be seamlessly integrated into nearly any room.

Ensuring food safety and cleanliness can be easy with UV room disinfection.  Contact Violet Defense Technology today to get the solution that will help you meet your safety standards while assuring your patrons that you are putting their health and wellness first.  Contact us today at info@violetdefense.com or 407-433-1104 to receive a custom quote to meet your restaurant’s needs.