ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS WE OFTEN HEAR AT 21st CENTURY HEALTHCARE INC.
OSG-460 D is based on hypochlorous acid, a compound that occurs naturally in the human body as part of the immune system. As part of 21st Century Healthcare’s anolyte solution produced on site by the Annihilyzer® unit, hypochlorous acid attacks infection causing viruses and bacteria, breaking down their cellular walls and quickly killing them. Once the neutrally charged hypochlorous acid makes its way through the walls, its free active chlorine kills the microorganism from the inside. Hypochlorous acid has a very low toxicity and is rated as non-hazardous by the NFPA and HMSI.
Within the Annihilyzer®, salt water undergoes the process of water electrolysis, which uses an electrical charge to rearrange the sodium, chlorine, hydrogen, and oxygen into two new compounds, an anolyte and a catholyte solution. The catholyte solution (OSG11-12 C) is highly effective as a degreasing and cleaning agent and is non-toxic and non-hazardous. The anolyte solution (OSG-460 D) contains hypochlorous acid, which is extremely effective in eradicating infection causing pathogens on hard, nonporous surfaces. Neither OSG11-12 C nor OSG-460 D requires the use of PPE during application, and they do not produce VOCs that are harmful to patient and employee health.
OSG-460 D is a hospital disinfectant. It is 99.9999% effective against the pathogens listed on its product label, which includes the viruses that hospitals and medical facilities are most concerned with controlling. The pathogen list includes C. diff, E. coli, norovirus, MRSA, rhinovirus, TB, salmonella, and H1N1 (“swine flu”). While antibiotic resistant mutations are of extremely high concern, using OSG-460 D to disinfect surfaces in the healthcare environment helps to prevent the infection of patients in the first place, avoiding enormous amounts of expense, discomfort, and the need for repeat hospitalizations due to disease.
OSG-460 D is an ideal solution for disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces in the healthcare field. In recent years, much attention has been focused on better understanding the nature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) that are released into the environment when common cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting aerosol products are used. The research indicates that employees who work in these settings for hours each day are at higher risk of developing COPD and other acute breathing issues. Neither the anolyte nor catholyte solutions produced by the Annihilyzer® produce VOCs, making the environment safer for both the patients and employees who are present.
The Annihilyzer® is a self-contained machine, relatively compact and easy to store. Periodically, the unit must be replenished with salt water for the water electrolysis process to take place. In most cases this service is conducted by the distributor that provides the unit on a regular basis, but in-house staff of the medical facility can also replenish the salt water if needed.
As long as the Annihilyzer® is stocked with salt and water, staff can produce OSG-460 D hospital disinfectant and OSG11-12 C all-purpose cleaner on demand at any time, eliminating the need for inventory, ordering, logistics, delivery of product, storage, and the ultimate discarding of plastic containers.
The primary “green” advantage of producing disinfectant on site with the Annihilyzer® is the elimination of huge amounts of waste. Rather than storing bulk product in single-use disposable plastic bottles, hospital staff can use reusable containers when producing disinfectant on demand, creating no waste whatsoever while also ensuring that there is always sufficient disinfectant on hand for infection control procedures.