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Germ Removal In Healthcare Facilities: Is Ozone Sanitizing Necessary?

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March 18, 2016

Healthcare (hospitals, nursing, or long-term care) facilities usually have very strict and delicate infection control protocols that take place every single day. These protocols are designed to decrease the risk and spread of bacteria and viruses, which may include anything from washing hands, to using different baskets for soiled and clean linen, to having a barrier-type pass-through washing system to separate the soiled and clean linen. No matter the facilities' current protocol, the addition of ozone in, for example, the laundering process can decrease the risks of an infectious outbreak. In addition, an ozone treatment can provide superior cleaning results while reducing operational costs. When dealing with something as delicate as a healthcare facility, ozone treatments are among the best and most effective germ removal methods. This is because ozone is a powerful oxidizer that kills microorganisms before converting them into oxygen, all within a very short period of time.

Why ozone? Ozone is a natural oxidizer and sanitizer, and it is created in nature when oxygen molecules are subjected to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or an electric charge from lightning. Ozone is a gas. Gases can penetrate any porous object, making them the perfect delivery method for air disinfection. How does ozone work? Ozone kills bacteria by rupturing the cell wall of the offending organism. This action kills the bacteria, leaving only harmless waste. After an ozone treatment, the bacteria is completely destroyed. Ozone is a powerful sanitizer that leaves no residue on the surface of equipment or materials. This is why The Germinator's mobile sanitizing services are the best addition to a healthcare facility's sanitizing routine.

There's more. A major benefit of ozone sanitizing treatments and its use on-premises is the reduction and the eradication of microorganisms normally found on soiled linens. In hospitals, healthcare facilities, and retirement facilities, as well as in locker rooms of academic or professional athletes, certain strains of microorganisms that exist and proliferate are particularly resistant to modern medications. Numerous infections from the two currently prevalent "superbugs"— Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff)—have created panics in recent years. Along with the facility's current infectious control procedures, an ozone treatment can greatly decrease the risks of an infectious outbreak.

More recent studies have shown that hot water cannot completely disinfect items from some viruses and bacteria, such as C. difficile. Even at 167˚F (75˚C) for 15 minutes, disinfection by water is not a guarantee, whereas cold water containing ozone provided no viable trace of the C. difficile bacteria after just 2.5 minutes. No other decontamination step after the use of ozone is necessary. In fact, no rinse step is necessary after an ozone treatment, as the ozone will leave no residue on the surface. This will lower cleaning time and water usage costs. At the Germinator, we are very concerned about health. We are committed to all of our clients, especially the ones that work in the healthcare arena.

It's very simple. The Germinator shows up at your home, and then we do all the dirty work for you. Our process uses both ozone and heat to sanitize the items in need of disinfection. This is why our mobile sanitizing services are perfect for many different types of medical supplies. Our technology can clean almost any item that fits in our truck! The best part: our treatment is 100% non-toxic and completely safe. Our goal is to create a healthier, safer, and more comfortable environment for you, your family, and your co-workers. Fill out the form below to contact Germinator Mobile Sanitizing for a quick sanitizing service, today!


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