Kinnos Publishes Paper on Highlight® Wipes Technology in ICHE

New York, December 7, 2018 – Kinnos Inc. today published a letter to the editor in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. In this study, Kinnos introduced the Highlight® Wipes Lid, a novel attachment to bleach wipe containers that administers a blue indicator onto dispensed bleach wipes to provide real-time visual feedback of the thoroughness of surface coverage and the passage of contact time, to a clinical environment. The Highlight® Wipes Lid was piloted in a 500-bed academic medical center in Boston for terminal cleaning in 11 medical and intensive care unit inpatient wards.

 (Left) The reusable battery-powered lid attaches directly on top of standard containers of commercially available bleach wipes. A disposable cartridge inserts on top of the reusable lid and contains the Highlight additive, which is administered onto each bleach wipe as it is dispensed. (Right) Comparison of visibility of surface coverage 0, 2, and 4 minutes after wiping a bedside rail using bleach wipes alone versus bleach wipes with Highlight.

(Left) The reusable battery-powered lid attaches directly on top of standard containers of commercially available bleach wipes. A disposable cartridge inserts on top of the reusable lid and contains the Highlight additive, which is administered onto each bleach wipe as it is dispensed. (Right) Comparison of visibility of surface coverage 0, 2, and 4 minutes after wiping a bedside rail using bleach wipes alone versus bleach wipes with Highlight.

Across a period of 55 weeks, ATP bioluminescence was used to quantify thoroughness of cleaning on high-touch surfaces when using bleach wipes alone or bleach wipes with Highlight®. For bleach wipes alone, the medical center saw a 5.7% failure rate for high levels of bioburden on surfaces, while for bleach wipes with Highlight, there was a 0% failure rate.

"Effective disinfection is critical for preventing the transmission of healthcare-associated infections, but proper disinfection technique is difficult to enforce in practice," said Kevin Tyan, the lead author of the study and Chief Technology Officer at Kinnos. “This study suggests that the use of a visual feedback system for disinfectant wipes such as Highlight® can improve both the thoroughness of surface coverage and cleaning compliance."

The full study can be found here. All literature published on Highlight® is available at: www.kinnos.us/whitepapers.

About Kinnos Inc.

Kinnos (Brooklyn, NY) protects patients, health workers, and the general public from infections. Their first product, Highlight®, is a patented color additive that greatly improves visibility, coverage, and end-user compliance of disinfectants. Highlight® is used by HazMat and biosafety units, was a winner of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, and has been field-tested by NGOs and health workers in Liberia, Guinea, Haiti, Uganda, and DR Congo. Highlight® will soon be available for bleach wipes in hospitals. For more information, visit: www.kinnos.us

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