Did we get them all? In a healthcare setting the environmental services team cleans patient care areas everyday. There are any number of adequate products to be used, depending on the protocols of each individual facility. However, is that once daily cleaning with these products enough? What’s happening between cleanings? Obviously, the germs are regrouping, only to be cleaned again the next day. But as they regroup, they can be inflicting great harm.
The emergence and proliferation of multidrug resistant pathogens such as MRSA and C. difficile in today’s environment has ramped up the life and death need for products to eradicate these and other microorganisms such as mold, mildew, bacteria, fungus and viruses. Fortunately, there is technology available to counter these pathogens in the form of anti-microbial coatings.
These coatings electrostatically trap and kill all types of bacteria, viruses and fungal spores through the production of reactive oxygen species, especially hydroxyl radicals, one of the most powerful oxidizers of organics. This destroys the cell membrane and then allows the DNA and proteins within to be destroyed. This also inhibits bacterial growth through immobilization and the degradation of endotoxins resulting from bacteria death.
The real power behind this process is simple light! Exposure to light starts the chain reaction. When exposed to light, these products work constantly, don’t wear out or degrade and doesn’t need to have more added to continue working. The crystals bind so permanently that polishing or abrasion is necessary to remove the coating from treated surfaces.
Unlike traditional antimicrobials, these coatings are not diluted chemical poisons such as phenols and quaternaries. They are not pesticides like Microban. And they are not heavy metals such as silver ions. Furthermore, they do not produce resistant strains of microbes because they kill through oxidation, not enzymes or antibodies. Thus, it is safe in all environments, and not harmful to humans.
Working 24 hours a day, the coating, in tandem with good hand hygiene and routine cleaning, constantly protects against the spread of illness and infection. The combined attributes of antimicrobial effectiveness, environmental safety, simplicity and human compatibility make these coatings the best choice for antimicrobial warfare. Now you know you got them all!