TRANSFORMING HOSPITAL DISINFECTION FOR THE BETTER
The system developed at 21st Century Healthcare Inc. aimed to solve a number of different problems that healthcare facility managers face on a constant basis. Aside from the essential basis of disinfecting surfaces and preventing infection by eradicating harmful bacteria and viruses, the organization has also sought to give facilities the ability to streamline their supply chain, minimize logistics, avoid product shortages, and eliminate the disposal of waste containers. The on-site generation system, built around the Annihilyzer® unit supplied by 21st Century Healthcare Inc., accomplishes all of those goals in a powerful way.
AnnihilyzerⓇ On-Site Generation
The Annihilyzer® is built on a simple concept. It replaces the traditional system of ordering bulk disinfectant delivered in bottles, stored until it is needed, and then requiring the disposal or recycling of bottles following use of the disinfectant. Increasing regulation of waste disposal on the part of institutions like hospitals make this an ultimately untenable solution, and it also leaves hospitals vulnerable to supply chain interruptions due to manufacturing stoppages, extreme weather events, human error, and other unpredictable factors.
The Annihilyzer®, a unit installed on site at a medical facility, is filled with salt water either by a distribution partner or staff at the facility itself. The unit then performs a water electrolysis process on demand to produce two fluids: an anolyte solution (OSG-460 D) and a catholyte solution (OSG11-12 C). The catholyte solution is a degreasing/cleaning agent, and the anolyte solution is an optimal hospital disinfectant. The facility never has to order fluids in bulk, and after the fluids are used there are no plastic containers to discard.
The Annihilyzer® generates disinfectant on demand.
The spray cart is the ideal way to apply OSG-460 D.
Spray Cart Unit
21st Century Healthcare Inc. also offers a companion unit to the Annihilyzer®, a spray cart that can apply OSG-460 D or OSG11-12 C to a room without the need for manual spraying by environmental services personnel. An operator simply fills the spray cart with disinfectant, locates the cart in the room, and calibrates its settings as desired. The spray cart then creates a fine mist of particles, evenly distributed throughout the space and covering every surface.
The spray cart method of applying disinfectant to a room is more thorough than the efforts of personnel spraying product manually, as it treats all hard, nonporous surfaces, including the undersides of furniture that rarely if ever get disinfected manually. After 10 minutes of exposure, surfaces are disinfected and ready for use by patients and staff.
Traditional Cleaning and Disinfectant Solutions
The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and other hospital centered pathogens exposes the inability of many traditional disinfecting solutions to target these extremely harmful mutations. Hydrolyte® is highly effective against H1N1, C. diff, salmonella, MRSA, TB, norovirus, and many other pathogens, and is a desirable alternative to more toxic cleaning and disinfecting products.
The effectiveness of Hydrolyte® against antibiotic resistant bacteria is due in large part to its physical mode of destroying harmful cells. The anolyte solution, rather than attacking cells at a chemical level, physically destroys cell walls and breaks down cellular DNA, leaving no opportunity for the building up of resistance.
In recent years, the use of ultraviolet (UV) light to disinfect has gained popularity. However, UV light fails to adequately address all surfaces in a hospital room, operating theater, or other setting, leaving areas underneath tables, beds, desks, etc., as safe havens for the growth of C. diff, MRSA, and other harmful pathogens. A Hydrolyte® spray, on the other hand, is able to completely cover all surfaces and eliminate bacteria.
Common household cleaners, while effective at removing large particles such as dust, soil, foods/beverages, and organic matter, leave microorganisms behind even on surfaces that appear clean. As an EPA registered disinfecting solution, Hydrolyte® penetrates beyond the large particles and kills very small microorganisms within minutes of exposure.