The New Revolution in Preventing Infections

The Steri-Phase Company is bringing forth a new weapon in the war against infections. 

 

Adding the power of a previously unrelated physics, the Steri-Phase technology is capable of producing a micro-droplet, room-filling mist in minutes—a mist so dense that we call it “Intensive Fog.”

 

Using a room filling cloud of disinfectant to kill all pathogens on all surfaces is already proven—the difference is that the proprietary Steri-Phase technology does it 30 times faster. What Steri-Phase brings is speed. Rather than taking from one to 4 hours to disinfect one room, Intensive Fog does it in 3 to 5 minutes.

 

What jet propulsion has meant to travel over the horse-and-buggy, this new speed will enable the preventive disinfection, on a routine basis, of whole buildings, including their air handling systems, as well as busses, planes, cruise-ships and trains. It may even affect space-travel.

 

The starting point: hospitals. Our health-care professionals are employing all currently existing means of preventing new infections. Yet, the invasion of virulent pathogens into our hospitals is endless and massive, and these germs and “super-bugs,” with great success, attack patients with already weakened immune systems. Some two million patents contract a new infection while in hospitals each year, and these infections contribute to about 100,000 deaths. The human suffering is immense, and the increased cost for additional treatment of infected patients is estimated to be over $45 Billion a year. This is where Steri-Phase will begin its campaign against infections with its new weapon called “Intensive Fog Disinfection.”  

The Issue

Amazing Speed of Virus Spread Confirmed

An article in the September 12, 2014 issue of InfectionControlToday.com, entitled, “How Quickly Viruses Can Contaminate Buildings…” provides some startling information relevant to many venues including the airline industry.

 

“Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or tabletop results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and healthcare facilities. Within two to four hours, the virus could be detected on 40 percent to 60 percent of workers and visitors in the facilities and commonly touched objects, according to research presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), an infectious disease meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.”

The article went on to recommend using wipes with an ingredient known to be effective against most viruses. Unfortunately for this recommendation, research studies have already proven that in addition to being prohibitively time consuming, wiping is highly ineffective due to common missing of cracks and crevices and hard to reach surfaces as well missing surfaces through the usual human-error factor. Also, while effective against viruses, the chosen disinfectant is not known to leave any residual killing power.

 

1. Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) are the most compelling healthcare issue of our times.

• Two million patients, about 1 in 20, contract a secondary, HAI, infection.
• Estimated 100,000 die.
• Bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens introduced daily, thrive for weeks to months

on common surfaces.

• Most pathogens not touched by current disinfectant methods.
• Additional treatment costs: $20,000-25,000/patient
• 4th leading cause of death – More than breast cancer + car accidents + HIV.

• Unreimbursed costs to a typical 300 bed hospital: $30 million annually and growing

• To the US healthcare system: $45 billion + annually.      

• Costs in human suffering: incalculable.

2. To date, no effective answer.

3. Current Efforts 

• Predominantly: Hand Washing and manual Spray and Wipe with a disinfectant. 
• Pathogens survive days, weeks, months, e.g.: MRSA virus survives for months. 
  – Majority of contaminated surfaces  missed, forgotten or unreachable.
 
  – Hand hygiene compliance notoriously low – 10-15 %.
  – Hands, clothing, etc., easily re-contaminated in a germ-laden environment. 

• Some whole space technologies, with major drawbacks, are being used with limited success.

The Reality

Overview: For the past several years, the image of our hospitals as safe havens for restoring health has been severely marred as we became more and more aware of the many serious infections being contracted in them.  Despite heroic efforts with current disinfection technologies and intensive hand washing, our hospitals appear incapable of significantly lowering these infections.

Some three years ago, our company’s principals learned of a new invention by a brilliant but little known scientist who has toiled his entire lifetime to perfect a radical new approach to misting technology. We began an investigation into the potential of combining its use with cutting edge disinfection formulas. The thought was to provide a pervasive disinfecting fog in rooms and spaces with unmatched speed and killing effectiveness.

Laboratory testing followed overseen by a credentialed medical school professor and certified laboratory specialists. The Steri-Phase technology was validated. We also proved that we could disinfect a patient sized room in as little as 3 minutes, far quicker than any other existing technologies that require 1 to 4 hours to disinfect just one room.  Subsequently, due to its ease and speed of use, we realized that only our technology is capable of use in a whole-facility approach. Thus, our mission includes helping to radically decrease the number and severity of infections currently experienced in our hospitals and to restore their image as the safe, healing, germ-free havens we should expect.

 

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