Monday, November 30, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Despite being used for nearly every patient examination, the stethoscope is rarely, if ever, cleaned before being placed on a patient’s body (yes, yours included). A recent article published in Infection Control Today featured an interview with W. Frank Peacock, MD, FACEP, FACC, FESC that discussed the lack of stethoscope disinfection. Dr. Peacock explained, “Only about 4% of healthcare providers clean stethoscopes according to guidelines set down by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the CDC’s guidelines don’t go nearly far enough, saying that stethoscopes should be cleaned once a week.” While four percent compliance is unacceptable, the CDC’s guideline of only disinfecting stethoscopes once a week is also unacceptable. In one week’s time, hundreds of patients can come into contact with the device, easily cross-contaminating pathogens between the sick and the healthy. As Dr. Peacock details, “To do it [disinfect a stethoscope] right, you are supposed to take an alcohol swab and rub it for a minute. And even when you do that, 20% to 30% of the stethoscope will still be dirty.” That low rate of success is not only true for stethoscopes, but other devices and common touchpoints as well. One example being MIT’s study of smartphone disinfection methods which showed sprays or wipes are ineffective in comparison to ultraviolet light, which was capable of eliminating all organisms on the tested devices without the use of chemicals.Flashbox and Flashbox-mini UV-C disinfection chambers for items to sit upon. Quartz glass is one of the few materials capable of allowing UV-C light to penetrate through completely, allowing for the full disinfection of the surfaces resting on the shelving. High level disinfection of a stethoscope or similar item can be as short as 30 seconds depending on the UV-C system being used. Since no chemicals are used with UV-C light, this allows for a wide variety of items to be disinfected including clipboards, cellphones, keyboards, remotes, badges, blood pressure cuffs, even N95 masks.
Disinfecting shared devices and supplies like a stethoscope is simple, quick, and truly a necessity when reducing possible transmission of pathogens. As quoted in ACP Hospitalist, Michael B. Edmond, MD, FACP, MPH, MPA states, “Like anything that we're asking health care workers to do, you have to make it easy for them to actually do it, or your compliance rates will be low.” Just as washing hands was once seen as new and optional but now an obvious requirement, hopefully healthcare providers will disinfect stethoscopes just as regularly and thoroughly.
Monday, November 16, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
A new study by Stanford University and Northwestern University suggests most COVID-19 cases in large cities across the United States stem from visits to just a few types of places. The researchers analyzed hourly cellphone data from 98 million Americans in 10 major cities, tracking their movements to certain non-residential locations or "points-of-interest" while looking at the coronavirus counts in their areas. Based on this information, the published article determined full-service restaurants, gyms, hotels and houses of worship are among the 10 percent of locations that would appear to account for 80 percent of the infections. This determination is not all too surprising as these locations tend to be smaller in size, more crowded, and people dwell there longer. Study co-author and Stanford University Professor Jure Leskovec says “Our work highlights that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing,” suggesting the reduction of these establishments’ capacity to 20 percent, as opposed to shutting them down entirely, could curb transmissions by 80 percent. Also, by capturing who is infected at which locations, the study’s model supports detailed analyses that can inform more effective and equitable policy decisions on how to reopen society safely. More research is needed to determine whether similar findings would emerge among other populations and places.
Jacqueline Howard’s CNN article was referenced for this post. The complete published study can be found in the journal, Nature. Contact ClorDiSys for highly-effective disinfection solutions to combat COVID-19 and other harmful pathogens.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The Flash Tunnel is an ultraviolet light (UV-C) disinfection conveyor system designed for use in any setting, particularly catering to the needs of those in food production, pharmaceutical, laboratory, and research settings. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also had a number of office buildings, warehouses, and airports inquire about the Flash Tunnel for outgoing products and incoming supplies, protecting both the employees and customers. The conveyor design provides a way to effectively disinfect instruments and components from a typical environment into a barrier facility or clean environment on the opposite end without any risk of cross-contamination.
The Flash Tunnel is a fully customized system to ensure your specific item(s) have the proper UV-C exposure according to your desired time, size, and dosage requirements. The Flash Tunnel can be of belt, roller, or chain style to accommodate the specific product and exposure level. The UV-C bulbs that last 13,000 hours are shielded by the metal enclosure blocking UV-C wavelengths from passing through, but has viewing ports to ensure proper functionality. Some common applications include the fast, chemical-free disinfection of equipment, animal feed bags, mail, masks, supplies, product packaging, and moisture sensitive electronics.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
For the past 18-months, our Pharmaceutical and Food Safety experts have been discussing the importance of establishing clean breaks within the production environment. A clean break is a defined production break that involves a documented, verified, and validated cleaning and sanitation process of all food/product contact surfaces. Clean breaks are used to establish lots in order to trace their products and to limit the quantity or product recalled in case of a contamination. We recently worked with one of our food industry clients to amend their strategy and save time and money in establishing their clean break.
This dairy powder processing plant had been decontaminating their production environment annually for the past few years. Over this time, the facility made improvements to its equipment and the building itself in order to mitigate some of the issues that were uncovered after resetting the plant’s microbiome. In one instance, the facility was able to trace a new contamination to a minor water leak into their plant. This year, it was determined that the environment was in much better control than in previous years as no pathogens were found in the environment. With that information, our team entered discussions with the facility to amend the scope of the decontamination. Instead of treating the entire production environment, the decontamination would focus on the tanks and piping system up through to the packaging equipment. This strategy enabled the facility to save both time and money as the treatment volume was dramatically reduced, while still acting as a true clean break. With a cost savings of over 60%, the facility is now considering this treatment plan twice a year to provide further provide peace of mind in case of a product contamination.
ClorDiSys’ decontamination method and approach to process control has enabled us to be trusted to keep critical environments safe, including most major pharmaceutical companies and 31 of the Top 100 food manufacturers. If you would like to learn more about clean breaks, how to establish the scope of a project, or our decontamination services in general, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this form.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Chlorine Dioxide Gas Decontamination versus Manual Wipe Down: Which is More Efficacious and Cost Effective?
A sterile facility becomes compromised during annual maintenance shutdowns since outside equipment, tools and people enter the clean areas. Bausch + Lomb Vision Care has a production facility in Greenville, South Carolina where all contact solutions are manufactured in sterile processing areas. These solutions must be sterile since the drops will clean lenses or be placed directly in the eye. Therefore, it is critical that containers be filled and sealed in an extremely high-quality environment. To maintain sterility of the product, the environment is cleaned and then disinfected prior to resuming normal production following their annual shutdown.
This cleaning procedure in the past required over seventy-five personnel with mops and buckets and a minimum 3 days’ worth of time followed by a disinfection process utilizing multiple applications of a high-level disinfectant solution. This process is a costly (time and materials) method that uses over $100,000 of consumable cost to fully decontaminate the entire sterile processing facility and still had inherent failures since it was a laborious manual process. To reduce the failures and potentially reduce the costs, chlorine dioxide gas decontamination was investigated.
The gross cleaning and fine cleaning are still done prior to any gassing. Afterwards, the ClorDiSys decontamination team of five people arrived on-site early afternoon to unload the crates of equipment, setup manual chlorine dioxide gas generators, and begin sealing. After setup was complete, gassing began the next day around 4:30pm. The decontamination cycle was fulfilled, and the team was cleaned up and heading out by 1:30am. Resulting ppm-hours achieved from the decontamination cycle were adequate to provide a 6-log sporicidal reduction on the biological indicators after 36 hours of incubation. It was also a success from an economic point of view. The costs of gassing or fumigating were slightly less than the traditional spray and wipe approach With this cost savings, shorter down time, and better coverage of the decontamination agent, chlorine dioxide gas was selected as the company’s decontamination agent.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
As businesses are beginning to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, there are questions that need to be answered:
- What risks do we have by reopening to employees/the public?
- How can we manage those risks?
- How do I provide comfort to our patrons that our environment is safe?
- How do I provide comfort to my employees that our environment is safe?
- What tools can help me keep my environment clean?
ClorDiSys has a long history of working in some of the most sterile environments in the world. We're looking to help businesses apply the most practical of these tools and techniques to their protocols for reopening and their enhanced contamination control plans. We work with many critical facilities from food and pharmaceutical manufacturing to healthcare environments, so we can draw upon best practices to help solve many of the challenges being faced. There is hardly a one size fits all solution, but coupled with other practices and products, there are a good number of ways to reduce the risks of bringing together so many people in one location every day and we would love to help. Every business has a different set of risks, so contact us to discuss your situation. We also have a free webinar scheduled for June 18th at two convenient times to discuss the reopening of business that will touch upon many of these ideas. If you are interested in attending, click here to register.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Ultraviolet light (UV-C) is an inexpensive, simple to use, chemical-free disinfection method effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. Whether it is in preparation for the return of employees and customers or for ongoing disinfection between shifts, meetings, or classes, the Torch UV-C disinfection tower provides a rapid and highly effective method to disinfect surfaces, components, room surfaces and common touch points to reduce the transfer of dangerous organisms such as coronavirus. In fact, the University of Nebraska Medical Center recently published their procedure for N95 mask disinfection using our Torch.
The Torch simply plugs into any standard wall outlet and contains eight high-powered, Teflon-coated UVC lamps to provide quick disinfection times. Each Torch produces an efficient UVC output of 12 mJ/minute (200 μw/cm2) to get a calculated 99% reduction of bacteria in 1 minute and spores like C.diff in 5 minutes making it ideal for the decontamination of all your company’s shared spaces including lobbies, conference rooms, cafeterias, bathrooms, and locker rooms.
Contact ClorDiSys to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus and other dangerous pathogens by calling (908) 236-4100 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
- Electrostatic spraying with chlorine dioxide, minncare, sodium hypochlorite, or other agent of your choice to eliminate organisms on surfaces for pinpoint disinfection
- Electrostatic spraying with BioBlock 90, a disinfecting agent that doubles as a protection layer from organisms for up to 90 days
- Quick, chemical free, UV-C facility disinfection: UV-C is the killing spectrum of ultraviolet light proven effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores including SARS-CoV
Friday, March 13, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020
Ultraviolet light (UV-C) is a simple, chemical-free method of disinfection effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. ClorDiSys Solutions recently upgraded their Flashbox-mini ultraviolet light disinfection chamber, and the completely redesigned model has a greater intensity providing a higher level of disinfection in faster cycle times. The Flashbox-mini is a small, easily transportable chamber designed for use in any healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, laboratory, or research setting. It contains one quartz glass shelf to support the items being disinfected, generally tablet computers, phones, remote controls, miscellaneous electronics, instruments, and components, while not creating shadow areas or inhibiting the light’s ability to shine. The quartz glass shelf allows for complete coverage due to its unique ability of allowing UV-C to penetrate, unlike most other materials often seen such as wire, plastic or traditional glass. The chamber produces an efficient UV-C output intensity of approximately 1100 µw/cm2 achieving a 99.99% kill of spores like C. diff and a greater than 99.99% kill of bacteria such as MRSA and Hepatitis in 30 seconds on all visible surfaces. Not only does it reduce the transfer of dangerous organisms, but it also offers a way to disinfect components without removing them from the room, minimizing the chance for cross-contamination.
ClorDiSys Solutions’ years of experience in contamination and infection control across many industry types allows us to offer a unique blend of knowledge, experience, and methods that work. Contact us to discuss the best suited approach to improve your facility’s microbial contamination control and prevention.
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