There has been an unprecedented amount of pressure put on healthcare systems around the world recently. From routine procedures and complex surgeries, to unscheduled and emergency care – one aspect of the healthcare environment has come under increasing scrutiny: Keeping staff, patients, equipment, and environments germ and virus-free. Healthcare professionals now depend on proven products, such as hypochlorous acid sanitizer, to discharge those mandates. Nontoxic, mild, and “user-friendly”, HOCL is extremely potent, and packs a powerful punch when it comes to its sanitizing qualities.
Effective Sanitization – Its Time Has Come!
Millions of people have been infected globally, many fatally, by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It is an agent that is primarily responsible for the spread of surface-to-surface communicable disease across the world. Its impact has overwhelmed healthcare settings, as they try to deal with the still-ongoing COVID-19 challenge.
After intensive review by top medical professionals, effective sanitization in healthcare settings has emerged as one of the key infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines. Most doctors, nurses, surgeons, paramedics, and nursing aides believe the time has come to apply those IPC mandates more vigorously. And because hypochlorous acid uses a chemical-free formula, its application in healthcare facilities continues to gain popularity.
Making Healthcare Setting Sanitization a Priority
While COVID-19 exposure and fatalities among the broader population are well publicized, one of the lesser-known statistics is the toll it has taken on the healthcare industry. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 14% of the of the case reports it received have been confirmed as having healthcare personnel (HCP) status.
This means that, despite the perceived view that HCP are “invincible”, the environment in which they operate carries a real risk of virus exposure. It’s essential for healthcare facility owners, operators, and administrators to make sanitization and disinfection in healthcare settings a priority. The wider-spread use of hypochlorous acid sanitizer, across a broad spectrum of healthcare settings, can help achieve that objective.
HOCL Technology for Healthcare Settings
Thanks to advances in HOCL technology, it is now easy, cost-effective, and convenient to equip a broad array of healthcare facilities with their own HOCL-making capacity. This empowers the on-demand production of sanitizers and disinfectants, and encourages its liberal use.
From hospices, hospitals, surgeries, and physician’s offices, to dental practices, nursing homes, senior residences, clinics and physiotherapy centers, these machines can produce HOCL on-premises, and as-and-when required. The devices range in size and weight too, from counter-top, kettle-sized HOCL makers, that are ideal for individual staff or common nursing stations, to larger machines measuring 12.5 x 6.5 x 16.5 inches, and weighing just 26 lbs., making them universally accessible.
Because hypochlorous acid uses nothing more than salt, water and electricity in its making, it posses no health risk to patients, staff, or the environment it is used in. Additionally, unlike other chemical-laden sanitizing solutions, HOCL poses no corrosion risk to highly sensitive medical equipment and devices. Best of all, the larger HOCL machines don’t require special foundations or pads to install them, and they use regular grid-powered electricity.