Dental & Medical Offices
HOCl Fogging – A No-Touch Disinfecting Technology
Recent NIH studies indicates that hypochlorous acid can be used with a high degree of predictability for disinfecting against COVID-19 and HOCl fogging is the decontamination technique that best suits the needs of the dental clinic, with its ability to disinfect large areas by producing small, aerosolized particles to control noroviruses.
- An NIH study states: HOCl fogging is the decontamination technique that best suits the needs of the dental clinic, with its ability to produce small, aerosolized particles. Dentists should consider the use of HOCl and no-touch decontamination technologies [ultra-low volume foggers] to improve disinfection of surfaces in dental clinics.
- A second NIH study has shown that fogged HOCl was able to decontaminate environmental surfaces carrying antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus(methicillin resistant) and Acinetobacter.
- HOCl at concentrations ranging from 20 to 200 ppm, representing the likely chlorine concentration range achieved during fogging, always gave at least 3 log10 reductions of tested viruses both by viral infectivity and RNA assays. These findings indicate that HOCl applied as either a liquid or a fog at 20 to 200 ppm of available free chlorine (AFC) was effective to decontaminate the inert environmental surfaces tested when they carried noroviruses (NVs) and other viruses.
- We conclude that diluted solutions of HOCl, containing as little as 20 to 200 mg/liter free chorine, are effective for disinfection of surfaces contaminated with NVs. Furthermore, we conclude that the use of HOCl fogging is likely to be effective in disinfecting large areas to control NV presence and thereby prevent the spread as well as the recurrence of human NV infection from environmental surface exposures.
- The above linked NIH studies evaluated fogging at the exact particle size range that the Genesis Fogger produces (range of generated droplets evaluated was between 20 and 50 μm).
This study specifies that no-touch methods, such as HOCl fogging, augment standard manual cleaning and disinfecting protocol.
HOCl – The Gold Standard of Disinfection
- The results of a third NIH study indicate that hypochlorous acid (HOCl) can be used with a high predictability for disinfecting against the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) virus.
- The surgeon needs to have an inexpensive, available, nontoxic, and practical disinfectant that is effective in sanitizing against the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) virus.
- An ideal disinfectant and sanitizer must be nontoxic to surface contact, noncorrosive, effective in various forms, and relatively inexpensive. HOCl may be the disinfectant of choice for coronaviruses in an oral-maxillofacial surgery (OMS) office.
- The results indicate that HOCl can be used with a high predictability for disinfecting.
- The mechanism of disinfection involves the destroying of the cell wall of microbes or viruses, allowing the disinfectant to destroy or inactivate them.
- HOCl is also recommended for its low cost compared to products commonly used for disinfection.
- Hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a naturally occurring molecule produced by the immune system, is highly active against bacterial, viral, and fungal microorganisms. Moreover, HOCl is active against biofilm and increases oxygenation of the wound site to improve healing.
A fourth NIH study found topical stabilized HOCl is ideal for wound care and scar management, conveying powerful microbicidal and antibiofilm properties, in addition to potency as a topical wound healing agent. It may offer physicians an alternative to other less desirable wound care measures. Natural HOCl is normally unstable; but through technology, it can be manufactured as a stable and effective topical antiseptic agent.
HOCl…the disinfectant of choice for all strains and variants of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
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The NIH studies referred to above found that 200 ppm of HOCl is ideal for any medical setting.
Because it is nontoxic to both humans and animals there is no maximum, some offices fog between every patient and others, twice per day.
Restrooms, kitchens, breakrooms, front office space, high-touch surfaces.