As hospital administrators and environmental services professionals well know, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is one of the most persistent, dangerous, and highly publicized infections present in healthcare settings today. This specific pathogen has gained increasing attention over past years, particularly as hospitals have been required to begin reporting infections and the public has become more aware of it. As with other hospital acquired infections (HAI), there is a significant level of misunderstanding among those who are not healthcare professionals about how the infection is communicated, making it even more critical for hospitals to ensure that they are doing everything possible to eradicate it on surfaces and prevent infection of patients.

One of the most serious issues with C. diff is its potentially life-threatening complication in relation to other existing infections. A patient who arrives at a hospital with a bacterial or viral infection and is subsequently infected with C. diff faces the possibility of very serious complications and negative health outcomes.

Contagion Risks for C. Diff

Another characteristic of C. diff that demands attention on the part of medical facility administrators is that it is highly contagious. C. diff spores are known to survive for months and even years outside the human body on surfaces, until they are picked up and conveyed to a new host. If a patient infected with C. diff spends time in a hospital room or medical practice exam room, the surfaces in that room become highly probable infection sources for later patients unless those surfaces are treated with a highly effective disinfectant labeled to kill C. diff.


21st Century Healthcare Inc. offers OSG-460D, a powerful disinfectant based on water electrolysis, that is approved by the EPA for C. diff prevention when used according to label instructions on hard, nonporous surfaces. These qualities make OSG-460D an incredibly valuable tool in the hands of hospital and other healthcare facility managers as they work to protect their patients and staff from infection.


Strategies to Prevent C. Diff Infection in Hospitals

The threat of infection by C. diff in the hospital setting is one that is becoming gradually more well known among the general public. While many people misunderstand the complexity of disease transmission and how difficult it is to identify the source of an infection, negative publicity about C. diff and other HAIs can be very detrimental to the reputation of an institution. Assuring patients that C. diff prevention is a top priority and using a proven, effective disinfectant such as OSG-460D are essential components of building trust in the community.

In choosing a disinfectant for use in hospital settings, administrators must also take into account secondary health risks. Many disinfectant products produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other airborne compounds that are harmful for humans to inhale both over the short and long terms. The formulation of OSG-460D and its active component, hypochlorous acid, are free of VOCs and QATs, giving medical facilities peace of mind that they are doing everything possible to protect staff and patients from not only infection, but secondary chemical interactions as well.

On Site Generation: OSG-460D and C. Diff Prevention

As a hospital grade disinfectant labeled to kill C. diff when used as directed, OSG-460D is a powerful asset for medical practices, hospitals, and even private home settings. The solution is also highly effective against MRSA, TB, and other common HAIs on hard, nonporous surfaces. Application of OSG-460D is made even easier with the companion equipment offered by 21st Century Healthcare Inc., which can cover all hard surfaces in a hospital exam or patient room uniformly with minimal employee supervision.


In addition to these benefits, 21st Century Healthcare Inc. offers on-site generation of disinfectant based on hypochlorous acid with its Annihilyzer unit. Through this method, healthcare facilities can enjoy access to disinfectant on demand, eliminating the need for ordering bulk product, maintaining inventory, and disposing of waste products such as plastic containers and wooden pallets.

Hospitals and other medical facilities interested in boosting their C. diff prevention protocols and addressing a large range of other HAIs at the same time can learn more about OSG-460D and on-site disinfectant generation by contacting 21st Century Healthcare Inc. directly.