Combating HAIs with H2O2 vapor bio-decontamination

Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that the use of vaporizing devices that disperse an H2O2 agent into the air, are highly effective against all sorts of viruses as well as killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs.

In the study, the Johns Hopkins team placed the devices in single hospital rooms after routine cleaning to disperse a thin film of the bleaching hydrogen peroxide across all exposed hospital equipment surfaces, as well as on room floors and walls. Results showed that the enhanced cleaning reduced by 64 percent the number of patients who later became contaminated with any of the most common drug-resistant organisms. Moreover, researchers found that protection from infection was conferred on patients regardless of whether the previous room occupant was infected with drug-resistant bacteria or not.

“Hydrogen peroxide vapor, as spread around patients’ rooms by these devices, represents a major technological advance in preventing the spread of dangerous bacteria inside hospitals and, especially, from one patient occupant to the next, even though sick patients were never in the same room at the same time,” says infectious disease specialist and study senior investigator Trish Perl, M.D.

Of special note, researchers say, was that enhanced cleaning with the vapor reduced by 80 percent a patient’s chances of becoming colonized by a particularly aggressive and hard-to-treat bacterium, vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).

In what is believed to be the first head-to-head comparison between traditional hand-cleaning and mopping with bleaching agents and robotic vaporizers, researchers routinely tested patients and their surroundings not only for VRE, but also for the more common methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and lesser-known bacteria, including Clostridium difficile and Acinetobacter baumannii.

One such device is the “ViTralizer”, recently popular for its proven track record of eliminating the Coronavirus from all types of surfaces in any type of setting. Our goal is to improve all hospital infection control practices, including cleaning and disinfection, as well as behavioral and environmental practices, to the point where preventing the spread of these multiple-drug-resistant organisms also minimizes the chances of patients becoming infected and improves their chances of recovery.

The ViTralizer has been designed to ensure maximum safety, suitable for its commercial or household applications. The unit is equipped with user-friendly components making its operation really simple. Simply fill the reservoir (about 1 qt), set the room size, push start and leave the room.  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, people can safely return 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.

To request before and after Micro laboratory testing results, please call 800-418-9289.

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