In pursuit of an healthy environment the over-use of toxic chemicals has compromised our health and our planet. Billions of pounds of toxic chemicals are released into our environment before ending up in our ground water.
Rise of AMR – Anti-Microbial Resistance
Human pathogens are becoming resistant to antibiotics developed over the past century, and common infections once routinely managed by conventional antibiotics can now become fatal even with best-practice therapy. Current methods for disinfection can contribute to the development of resistance, prove toxic to tissues, and damage the environment.
the rise of superbugs is of utmost concern – a wide range of microorganisms have become resistant to antibiotics, and as a result, have become more deadly and harder to kill. Schools, health care facilities, fitness centres, restaurants etc., all need to carry out germ control to prevent outbreaks.
As the problem increases the choice is between the use of ever stronger chemicals with longer contact times for greater effect, thereby exacerbating the problem, or the use of an highly effective alternative that kills all known microbes without engendering resistance or harming the environment.
Prevention is key – Take Control
One method for addressing the developing risk of AMR is to attack pathogens before they become life-threatening infections using decontamination and disinfection techniques.
Hypochlorous Acid was discovered by chemists over 150 years ago and has been in constant use since that time. Its anti-infective properties were recognised even before the widespread use of aqueous chlorine as an antiseptic for traumatic wounds in World War I. It was not until decades later that it was discovered HOCl is naturally formed within activated human neutrophils (type of white blood cell). Antimicrobial effects on bacteria within phagosomes are rapid and powerful.
Over the last two decades more than one hundred reports have appeared in the literature documenting HOCl performance in horticulture, dairy facilities, animal production housing, extended care institutions and hospitals, making a strong case for HOCl as an attractive option for reliable, safe, high-level disinfection within institutional settings.