Friday, March 16, 2018

Stethoscope Disinfection

Next week, we will be in New Orleans attending the AORN Expo 2018! We hope to see everyone there and work together to prevent infections within the healthcare industry. 

As mentioned in the Fall 2017 issue of Healthcare Environmental Solutions News, stethoscope cleaning has a compliance rate near 0%. Frightening! More specifically, after a one second long use, contamination rates equalize to that of the physician's hand. With HAI's of utmost concern, every source of possible infection must be addressed. Stethoscopes have been known to host potentially pathogenic organisms including, but not limited to, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, and Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

A solution that is quick and easy is the Flashbox-mini, a tabletop UV-C chamber disinfecting at a 99% kill rate of harmful organisms in mere minutes. UV-C provides a dry, chemical-free, and residue-free method of disinfection effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores. When micro-organisms are exposed to UV-C, the nuclei of the cells alter due to photolytic processes, preventing further replication, and causing cell death. The Flashbox-mini is a simple resolution to the complexity of HAI's and patient well-being.

Visit ClorDiSys Solutions at Booth #2018 at the AORN Expo March 25-27th! In the meantime, click here to learn more about ultraviolet light disinfection.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Best Method to Disinfect Phones as Rated by MIT

Cell phones are in everyone’s hands, all day long. Our hands come in contact with many not so pleasant things, with harmful germs and organisms being of particular concern.  To try to mitigate any risks, MIT decided to determine how best to actually clean cell phones.  Researchers tested wipes, sprays, and ultraviolet light disinfection systems, namely the Flashbox-mini and PhoneSoap.  After various studies, they crowned the most effective to be ClorDiSys' Flashbox-mini.  We are proud to hold the title and thrilled that our company's device is able to provide a fast, easy, and chemical free method to disinfect our much-used and much-loved phones. Click here to read the full article!

Ultraviolet light disinfection works by utilizing the UV-C spectrum; the killing range of the ultraviolet spectrum.  When light is emitted onto the surface, the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and spores is altered to prevent replication and causes cell death. To use the Flashbox-mini, simply place a phone, or any other item, onto the high-quality quartz glass shelf, close the door, turn on the timer, and watch the glow.  After just 1 minute, 99% or higher of harmful organisms will be gone.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The role of humidity in decontamination

Elevating the relative humidity within the environment being decontaminated has been shown to be important when targeting sporicidal reduction.  Spores are hard-shelled, and the elevated humidity levels cause the spore walls to swell and crack.  This allows the sterilant to penetrate the spore wall much quicker and easier, providing faster kill times for the decontamination process.

This has been demonstrated through the use of chlorine dioxide gas.  Biological Indicators, consisting of over a million geobacillus stearothermophilus spores, were subjected to chlorine dioxide gas cycles at varying relative humidity levels and exposure dosages. Results are shown below, with greater dosages required at dryer conditions.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Spring 2018 Workshop Locations Announced

ClorDiSys is hosting a number of free workshops this spring. These educational half-day workshops detail the chlorine dioxide gas decontamination process and the benefits it has over other methods of decontamination. Some presentations are for all industries concerned with contamination control, while others are specifically geared towards the food industry. All workshops include breakfast and lunch. View the schedule below to identify the location nearest you!

"The Process and Benefits of Chlorine Dioxide Gas"
Monday, March 12, 2018 8:30AM - 2:00PM
Hilton Garden Inn Westbury 
1575 Privado Road, Westbury, NY 11590

"The Process and Benefits of Chlorine Dioxide Gas"
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:30AM - 2:00PM
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel 
199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054

"The Process and Benefits of Chlorine Dioxide Gas"
Thursday, March 15, 2018 8:30AM - 2:00PM
Cambria Suites White Plains Downtown 
250 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601

"The Process and Benefits of Chlorine Dioxide Gas"
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:30AM - 2:00PM
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge 
1200 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

"Using Chlorine Dioxide Gas to Combat Recurring Pathogens
and Improve Overall Food Safety"
Wednesday April 4, 2018 8:30AM - 2:00PM
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown-Union Station 
123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

"Using Chlorine Dioxide Gas to Combat Recurring Pathogens
and Improve Overall Food Safety"
Thursday April 5, 2018 8:30AM - 2:00PM
Hilton St. Louis Airport 
10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134

More dates and locations will be added throughout the year.
Our complete calendar is available HERE.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Disinfecting Ambulances with UV Light

Ambulances are one of the most crucial places to consider when trying to minimize the risk of Hospital Acquired Infections.  EMS vehicles are a hotbed for many different dangerous organisms to thrive given this constant interaction with the sick and wounded.  In fact, a study of Chicago area ambulances showed that 69% were infected with staphylococcus aureus in 2012.*  That is why there is a strong need to address the cleaning procedures within EMS vehicles.  Due to the short amount of downtime between deployments, rapid disinfection methods are needed.  Spraying and wiping chemicals can be time consuming, not effective, and dangerous to those exposed.  Fumigation may be effective, but is traditionally too lengthy of a process.  Ultraviolet Light disinfection fits the application nicely in that it does not require any chemicals to be used, is affordable to run, and only takes minutes for disinfection to occur.  Specifically designed for EMS vehicles, the Lantern is an easily portable device that can be placed on any surface and disinfect the vehicle of harmful bacteria within a minute and spores with 5 minutes.  To accommodate the design of EMS vehicles, the Lantern can also be turned upside down and hung from handrails.  The simplicity and ease of use, coupled with the rapid disinfection time allows for the Lantern to be used in between emergency activity, providing better safety for EMS crews, patients, and their families.

*Rago et al. Detection and Analysis of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates Found in Ambulances in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. American Journal of Infection Control 2012

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

One of the biggest benefits of chlorine dioxide gas is how small it is!

In order to completely decontaminate a space, the method/chemical used must be able to reach and contact all organisms and pathogens with the area.  One disadvantage decontamination methods can have difficulty with are crevices and other niches.  These scratches, gaps, screw threads, and other hard-to-reach places can be difficult for most decontamination methods to penetrate, leaving those surfaces not contacted and potentially still contaminated.

Chlorine dioxide gas has a molecule size of 0.124 nm, which is smaller than the smallest known virus, porcine circovirus, which measures 13 nm in diameter.  With a molecule size 100x smaller than the smallest virus (coupled with the fact that chlorine dioxide is a true gas which fills the space its contained within evenly and completely) chlorine dioxide gas is able to reach and penetrate into all crevices within a space deeper than pathogens can reach.  This leaves dangerous pathogens with no place to hide, and leaves your facility with no place to worry about.

To learn more about how chlorine dioxide gas is able to provide a complete decontamination of all organisms / spores / pinworm eggs / beta lactams within the space, give us a call at 908-236-4100 or email us at

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Biofilm Control

The control of biofilms within the food processing environment is a concern for anyone involved with food safety.  Biofilms can harbor and protect dangerous bacteria from traditional sanitation methods, leaving the environment at risk even after sanitation takes place.

To learn more about biofilms, we're thrilled to have Diane Walker, a Research Engineer at Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) present at this year's 2nd Annual Food Safety and Microbiology Conference in Dallas on February 27th.  Diane's presentation is entitled, "Biofilms: From Formation to Elimination" and will discuss the science of biofilms and methods of control. Diane received the 2015 CBE Outstanding Researcher Award in recognition of her commitment to the CBE Industrial Associates Program and contributions towards creating a quality Standardized Biofilm Methods research program.  Her current research includes biofilms within the food and beverage industries and we are incredibly lucky to have Diane join us at the Food Safety and Microbiology Conference

We hope that you register and take advantage of an excellent experience by clicking here.

To learn more about the Standardized Biofilm Methods Laboratory and the research being performed, please click here.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year - We've got a lot of excitement planned for 2018

We're looking forward to a great 2018 and we're happy to announce a variety of in-person and online learning opportunities.

Online Webinars

Every month we offer free webinars regarding contamination control.  These range from introductory webinars on chlorine dioxide gas and ultraviolet light, to more specific webinars detailing the decontamination of spiral freezers and the inactivation of pinworm eggs.  Click here to see the upcoming webinars and to sign up.

In-person Workshops

We offer free contamination control workshops across the US and this year we're planning one in Canada as well.  These workshops dive into a variety of topics concerning contamination control and the different methodologies used in different industries, including safety, material compatibility and efficacy.  Upcoming Workshops include:

Long Island, NJ - March 13
Parsippany, NJ - March 14
White Plains, NY - March 15
Chicago, IL - March 28
Indianapolis, IN - April 4
St. Louis, MO - April 5
King of Prussia, PA - May 9
Frederick, MD - May 11
Madison, WI - May 23
Lansing, MI - May 24
Atlanta, GA - June 5
Research Triangle Park, NC - June 12
Toronto, ON - September 12
Cambridge, MA - September 27


We go to too many conferences to list here, but visit our website to see where you can find us.

Our slate of events is always changing, so keep an eye out for new arrivals and we hope to see you somewhere in 2018.

Stethoscope Disinfection

Next week, we will be in New Orleans attending the AORN Expo 2018! We hope to see everyone there and work together to prevent infections wi...