Chlorine dioxide is a sterilant that is a true gas at room temperatures, meaning it naturally distributes uniformly and completely within the space being decontaminated. It distributes the same way that oxygen does in a room, with the level of oxygen being the same throughout. This level of distribution is excellent when compared to vapor phase hydrogen peroxide, mists or fogs.
Chlorine Dioxide Gas: Example of Even Distribution & Penetration vs. Thermal Image of a Vapor Phase Hydrogen Peroxide Cycle: Example of Poor Distribution
Hydrogen peroxide has been labeled as a “lazy gas” which doesn’t distribute readily. VPHP will start condensing back to the liquid state upon exiting the generator, and it is distributed throughout the chamber/room through line of sight injection. The vapor can be blocked by objects in its way, leaving the surfaces behind or underneath uncontacted or under-contacted. As such, the back side, underside, and internal portions of components may not be contacted by VPHP for a long enough period of time, at the proper concentration, to achieve the correct level of kill. If the decontaminating agent cannot reach ALL of the dangerous organisms in a critical environment, such as a BSL-3/4 facility, at the proper concentration, for the prescribed amount of time, then a complete decontamination will not occur and worker safety is compromised.
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