The story - from the first simple attempts to the product ready for series production

Product History

Drain traps are a well known reservoir for facultative pathogens. Numerous publications report outbreaks associated with sink drains, some of which have lasted for years (z. B. Hota et al. 2009; Lowe et al. 2012; Gbaguidi-Haore et al. 2018 etc.)1,2,3.


As early as the 1970s, studies on the occurrence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in sink drains were published, as well as related attempts to reduce the bacteria in the drain by means of heating (z. B. Kohn 1970; Mäkelä et al. 1972; Ayliffe et al. 1974)4,5,6.



In 1991, during a four-week prospective epidemiological study at the University Children's Hospital in Tübingen, Germany, it was discovered that P. aeruginosa genotypes isolated from drains were also present on the hands of staff. This suggested a route of transmission from drains to hands via aerosols. To prevent bacterial growth in sink drains, sink drains were heated up to 70 °C. This prevented not only bacterial growth in the drains but also P. aeruginosa aerosol formation, which in turn precluded transmission to the hands of medical staff when washing hands.7


These investigations were followed by initial development work on a self-disinfecting drain trap, with the aim of completely preventing biofilm formation and emission of pathogens on a permanent basis. These finally led to a safe and validatable disinfection system, which was successfully tested for the first time under the name "Biorec".



Starting in 2002, a long-term study was conducted at the Oberlausitz-Klinikum Bischofswerda. Pathogen statistics and the survey of nosocomial infections showed a significant decrease in patient colonization and the occurrence of nosocomial infections after the installation of the Biorec disinfection devices.8,9


MoveoSiphon rev. 1.0

Since September 2012, the sonothermal disinfection device has been manufactured by MoveoMed GmbH in Radebeul near Dresden under the brand name "MoveoSiphon ST24". Further development oft he product followed.



MoveoSiphon rev. 3.1

MoveoSiphon rev. 4.0

Numerous publications and case reports document the effective use of the devices in clinical settings such as:

  • De Jonge, E. et al. (2019): Effects of a disinfection device on colonization of sink-drains and patients during a prolonged outbreak with multiresistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in an ICU. Journal of Hospital Infection, Jan 19.
  • Kossow, A. (2018): Control of Multidrug-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients by a Novel Bundle Including Remodeling of Sanitary and Water Supply Systems. Clin Infect Dis, May 18.
  • De Geyter, D. (2017): The sink as a potential source of transmission of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in the intensive care unit. Antimic Res Inf Control; 6:24.
  • Willmann, M. (2015): Analysis of a long-term outbreak of XDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa: a molecular epidemiological study. J Antimicrob Chemother, 70 (5): 1322.
  • Fusch, Ch. (2015): Self-disinfecting sink drains reduce the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bioburden in a neonatal intensive care unit. Acta Paediatrica, 104 (8): 344.
  • Wolf, I. (2014): The sink as a correctable source of extended-spectrum b-lactamase contamination for patients in the intensive care unit. et al. J Hosp Infect, 87: 126.


1) Hota et al., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 (30), 1: 25-33
2) Lowe et al., Emerging Infectious Diseases 2012 (18), 8: 1242-47.
3) Gbaguidi-Haore et al., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018 (39), 2: 164-169.
4) Kohn, The Lancet 1972 (296), 7672: P550-551.
5) Mäkelä et al., The Lancet 1972 (300), 7767: P87.
6) Ayliffe et al., The Lancet 1974 (304), 7880: 578-581.
7) Döring et al., Zbl. Hyg. 191, 494-505 (1991); 
8) Sissoko et al., Hyg. Med. 2004 (29), 12: 451-455; 
9) Sissoko et al., Hyg. Med. 2004 (29), 1/2: 12-16; 


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