Healthcare equipment as a source for the spread of harmful diseases
Healthcare-associated infection remains even nowadays a major source of morbidity and mortality. Healthcare facilities have proven to provide an important source of nosocomial pathogens, include methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile, norovirus, Acinetobacter, and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).
The role of contaminated hard surface environments has been well proven to promote the transmission of healthcare-associated infections. Moreover, the cleaning and disinfection program aimed at environmental surfaces should be carefully developed because microorganisms attached to environmental surfaces are more resistant to sanitizing agents than free-living counterparts since disinfectant agents have a limited ability to penetrate the protective stratum of microbial polymers
How ECA technology, developed by Kirkmayer Industries, can help you disinfect effectively healthcare equipment
Apart from the common use in the food processing and agricultural systems, Kirkmayer ECA technology can also be implemented with well-documented effectiveness in the case of healthcare environments, especially the dental water pipeline, radiology, and endoscopes equipment.
Various studies have investigated and proven the effectiveness of electrochemically produced Anolyte (HClO) solutions for a microbial reduction on diagnostics equipment including patient couches of computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Similar reports have presented effectiveness of up to 99% in the total number of microorganisms removed in healthcare facilities, thus proving that Anolyte (HClO) solutions could serve as powerful agents for establishing biosecurity between operational and diagnostic interventions.
Compared to conventional traditional sanitizers such as benzalkonium chloride, povidone-iodine solutions as well as common sodium hypochlorite (bleach) solutions, Anolyte (HClO) solutions have proven their superiority towards the inactivation and elimination of bacteria, such as the ones mentioned above, which are commonly found in dental and surgical equipment, in concentration values that are up to an order of magnitude smaller and significantly shorter contact times.
Moreover, traditional cleaning and disinfecting agents are usually purchased in bulk quantities and are further transported to the facilities of interest, thus creating transportation costs, storage space requirements, as well as additional logistics concerns. On the other hand, Anolyte (HClO) solutions, produced by the Kirkmayer ECA generators, are generated on-site and require no special chemicals (only table salt, water, and electricity), thus presenting a much more appealing, flexible and green alternative proposal for healthcare efficient disinfection.