Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Brighter Future for Hospital Room Cleaning Techniques

"More than 100,000 in North America die every year due to hospital acquired infections at a cost of $30 billion. That's 100,000 people every year who are dying from largely preventable infections." Shocking? I know I was extremely shocked to read this. That is why it was slightly relieving to read in this article that recently a Queen's University infectious disease expert, Dr. Dick Zoutman, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Shannon of Medizone International has developed a disinfection system that may hospital rooms all over the world. Not only that, but it may also be used in food preparation areas and processing plats after outbreaks as well as to stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments.

The system involves pumping Medizone-specific ozone and hydrogen peroxide vapor gas mixture into the targeted room to completely sterilize everything. It is more effective in killing bacteria than wiping down the room and it is also faster than other methods. The technique imitates the antibodies that Mother Nature uses to kill bacteria in humans. As quoted by Dr. Zoutman, "this is the future."


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