Smart lighting company Juganu announced today the installation of its patented J. Protect lighting technology in Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital) to help combat the facility’s healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). J. Protect is the world’s first indoor lighting system that safely inactivates up to 99.9% of pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.
HCAIs have long been an obstacle for healthcare facilities around the world. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) even found that HCAIs, from all types of microorganisms like bacteria and fungi, cause or contribute to over 98,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone. To help overcome HCAIs in their facilities, the Sourasky Medical Center is installing Juganu’s J. Protect technology in its Imaging and Radiology Departments – two contamination hotspots for medical facilities due to their high foot traffic and patient turnover.
The J. Protect system has two disinfection modes: Allegro, which is continuous and can be used while people are present in a room; and Presto, which is used to disinfect an area within minutes once empty. The Sourasky Medical Center will specifically use J. Protect’s Presto solution to disinfect spaces and medical equipment surfaces in multiple CT imaging rooms and an ultrasound room, between patient occupancies. This will also provide healthcare professionals a simple, user-friendly solution while reducing the costly labor time and safety concerns that come with more manual processes such as chemical disinfection.
“The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been a tremendous concern for our facility and hospitals around the world – especially when it comes to HCAIs, which are already incredibly challenging,” said Prof. Arye Blachar, Head of the Imaging Division at Sourasky Medical Center. “Solutions like Juganu’s light technology give us hope that we can overcome these challenges, and most importantly, keep our patients and staff as safe as possible while inside of our facility.”
Key J. Protect benefits for medical facilities:
- Retrofit design for an easy installation process
- Overhead light design can disinfect surface pathogens (e.g., hospital beds, chairs, medical equipment, etc.)
- Rooms that normally take four to five hours to be cleaned can now be done in minutes
- Maintenance-free, zero-touch technology with a simple dedicated control to safely manage and activate disinfection features.
- Help prevent outbreak caused shutdowns
- The faster cleaning time is expected to lead to a 20%-30% increase in-room use.
“We’re humbled to be able to help the world-renowned Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, and their amazing staff,” said Juganu CEO and Cofounder, Eran Ben-Shmuel. “We hope to continue to help medical professionals both here in Europe and around the world.”
Juganu’s partnership with the Sourasky Medical Center arrives after the company has installed its patented J. Protect technology in various businesses and industries in the U.S. and abroad. In December, the company completed installation of the lighting system in a U.S.-based retail facility, and recent tests with French automaker Groupe Renault revealed that J. Protect can disinfect up to 99.9% of pathogens inside a car cabin in five minutes.
In addition to its pathogen disinfecting, J. Protect is also the only lighting technology with a circadian overhead lighting system that promotes well-being through natural light shifts based on sunrise and sunset, providing the safest, healthiest light possible.
- About Juganu:
Founded in 2011, Juganu’s mission is to create an infrastructure operating system to seamlessly digitize the physical world. J. Protect uses advanced AI-driven light technology to transform public spaces into safe environments. Backed by leading investors including Comcast Ventures, Amdocs, Viola Growth, and others, Juganu holds 43 patents and makes its own unique LED using Planar technology, the best and richest light source other than natural light. Juganu is headquartered in Israel and has rapidly-growing offices in the US, Mexico, and Brazil. To learn more, visit: www.juganu.com
About Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center:
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the largest acute care facility in Israel, treating about 400,000 patients and hosting 1.8 million patient visits per year. A 1500-bed world-class governmental academic medical center, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center serves a population of one million people, including residents from the greater Tel Aviv area and visitors to the metropolis. To learn more, visit: www.tasmc.org.il