Battling the age-old pandemic of healthcare-associated infections

Effective infection control strategies limiting the spread of drug resistance and reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) needs to be urgently addressed. Following conventional manual cleaning with disinfectants, 10% of high-touch hospital surfaces remain contaminated. A comprehensive study is proposed to investigate the microbiological and clinical impact of adequate area decontamination upon HAI rates. The Burn Unit of São João Hospital, Porto did their in house study with an automated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor disinfection solution that was used for decontamination of surfaces of patient areas; a 3-year study quantitative study involving extensive microbiological environmental monitoring and cost-benefit analysis.

Effective infection control strategies limiting the spread of drug resistance and reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) needs to be urgently addressed. Following conventional manual cleaning with disinfectants, 10% of high-touch hospital surfaces remain contaminated. A comprehensive study is proposed to investigate the microbiological and clinical impact of adequate area decontamination upon HAI rates. The Burn Unit of São João Hospital, Porto will be used as study model; automated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor disinfection will be used for decontamination of surfaces of patient areas; a 3-year study quantitative study involving extensive microbiological environmental monitoring and cost-benefit analysis. Improved hospital disinfection should minimize environmental colonization and infection among burn patients and decrease antimicrobial administration, antimicrobial resistance and hence costs involved in patient care.

The growing problem of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and in particular antimicrobial resistance has been mostly attributed to excessive antimicrobial prescription. This topic is particularly relevant among critical care patients wherein 15% of HAIs result from cross-transmission. In order to improve health quality services, effective infection control strategies limiting the spread of drug resistance and reducing the risk of HAI needs to be urgently addressed.

Following conventional manual cleaning with disinfectants, 60% of high-touch surfaces close to patients remain contaminated, due to obvious difficulties to ensure the correct disinfectant concentration, complete application to all areas and sufficient contact time. There is a 73% infection risk for patients admitted to rooms previously occupied by infected /colonized patients. During the study period, these difficulties were overcome by developing a standardized protocol involving the release of vaporized disinfectant, at a target concentration during a pre-established period of time, through a portable unit.

At the hospital areas where the automated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor disinfection was used for decontamination of surfaces of hospital settings and for terminal disinfection measures in the infection control practices, the patient infection risk dropped to 3% and below, maximizing for multiple occupancy rooms.

The study showed early positive results on the antimicrobial effect of H2O2 vapor supplemented with silver ions against different susceptible and resistant fungi and bacteria, relevant in critical care settings as well as potential resistance development to the biocide.

The team expected that improved hospital disinfection protocols should minimize environmental and cross-transmission colonization and infection among burn patients, and at the end of the survey period, the results exceeded all expectations. The improved hospital disinfection minimizes environmental colonization and infection among burn patients and decreases antimicrobial administration, antimicrobial resistance and hence costs involved in patient care.

Our product,  the “ViTralizer” allows you to easily sanitize and make the space far safer for your families, clients, employees, patients, passengers, etc.

A great advantage of our system is it’s ability sanitize significantly more of the target area than manual cleaning alone. Under tables, chairs, benches behind curtains, under beds, etc.  The dry fog provides excellent coverage.

Our Specially formulated Neutralizing Solution is Hydrogen Peroxide Based. When used properly it is very safe and exceptionally effective against a wide range of  Viruses, Bacteria, Molds and Fungus.  The “food grade” solution is tested to be compatible with all surfaces, fabrics and electronics.  It will not leave a residue.

The “ViTralizer”  is capable of sanitizing over 17,000 cubic feet  (2,125 Square Feet @ 8 ft ceilings) in one run.  In less than an hour you can safely return your patients to the now sanitized area.  If you need more space covered, just move the machine to a different location and run it again.  It’s that easy.

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