It’s no secret that public, high-traffic places have air and surfaces that are very often loaded with bacteria, mold spores, viruses and other organisms that aren’t good for us to come in contact with. High-traffic businesses such as public transportation, gyms and hotels, for example, run into this problem directly because most of the pathogens come from human customers (and sometimes their animals). And while most good businesses will have regular cleaning services being performed, there are still many areas that are missed and re-contaminated by dirty sponges, mops, etc.

What difference does it make? Well, if you’re the owner of the hotel that has a gym where MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus–a common, very harmful pathogen) is brought in but doesn’t get sufficiently disinfected (missed areas, etc) and another customer becomes infected, you could lose thousands if not millions of dollars in lawsuits, medical bills, etc. If you’re the customer and you don’t find out and contract MRSA, you’ll be suffering greatly and your life may be at risk. If you do find out about issues at this hotel, you probably won’t stay there and you’ll tell your friends and family about it, too. And this is just one organism. We also have HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C, Zika, Ebola, C diff, E. coli, and a bunch of other really bad organisms that are definitely out there.

The latest, best type of protection and prevention against these types of bio-concerns is to use what the many advanced healthcare facilities are using: Hydrogen Peroxide micron fogging technology. The CURIS Bio-decontamination system is the first portable, hydrogen peroxide-based fogging system capable of disinfecting a room or enclosed area via a pulse technology. While most systems rely on dispensing chemical and turning off once the desired time is achieved, or depend on manual spraying, CURIS goes a step further by focusing on a ‘maintained pathogen-kill zone’. Maintaining that volume of solution within a room increases efficacy.
Designed to reduce human error and cross-contamination, the hands-free system with remote operation allows us to monitor, manage, measure, track, and report – to quickly prove, and continuously improve, your decontamination and remediation efforts.

This type of disinfectant involves a solution of hydrogen peroxide and silver ion that is pushed out into a room by a portable ‘fogger’ machine. This procedure is used as a last step after removing the gross contaminants and because it’s delivered as a fast-evaporating fog, virtually every available surface is reached without wetting things down, safe around electronics, etc. Not only do you get maximum coverage of over 99% of areas that normally get missed or cross-contaminated, you also get a kill rate of 99.9999% for all of the organisms listed above and more. As a bonus, the air in the room gets disinfected, too.

Now, if you’re a hotel or fitness center owner, you’ll sleep a LOT better knowing your gyms, facilities, rooms, or wherever you use the system have been disinfected to that level. If you’re the customer and you know a company uses this kind of disinfection is being used, you’ll feel a lot better knowing you’re safer–and you’ll tell others about this, too. As the business owner, you can see that once customers know you use a medical grade disinfection system regularly, this will increase your business. Hospitals, surgery centers and other facilities are not only using this type of disinfection system, but they are advertising this fact to their customers, too. Where would you go for surgery or what hotel line would you choose–somewhere that provides super-clean facilities with adjunct disinfection systems like this, or one that doesn’t?

Also, keep in mind that there are several types of portable fogging disinfection systems out there so you do have to watch which one you choose. There is an old technology that uses a fogger, but an inferior, ‘old’ solutions called vital oxygen. Vital oxygen does kill a variety of organisms, but is corrosive to several different materials and there are some bugs that are resistant to it. Your best bet is to choose a fogger unit that uses the hydrogen peroxide and silver ion solution as this has been proven in many studies to be the most effective, and so far there haven’t been any organisms that are resistant to it. You also want a unit that has a stainless nozzle for no-corrosion, perfectly consistent droplet size, as this is critical to getting the fog to reach and coat all available surfaces effectively. Some foggers have a plastic nozzle that degrades over time and then the droplets are not consistent any more, which leads to ineffective coverage.

So if you’re a business owner with lot of public exposure and you’re looking for ways to increase business and decrease the chances of surprise liabilities from MRSA, Zika virus, E coli, Bed Bugs or other pathogens, you may want to look at portable disinfection system and services offered by Midwest Pathogen Services. If you’re the customer, you might want to start looking at your healthcare facilities, gyms, hotels etc to see if they’re using something like this as this can ensure far less exposure to pathogens and much greater safety for you and your family.