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HOCl Fogging – A No-Touch Disinfecting Technology

Optimally disinfecting nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities has never been more important. Our elderly population has been disproportionately affected by COVID. We have a responsibility to protect them and to improve their quality of life. What if there were a way to disinfect both the air and surfaces in your nursing home simultaneously, and to do it better and more thoroughly than ever before possible?

It has been documented that COVID and many other harmful pathogens are transmitted primarily through the air, not on surfaces. Combating lingering aerosols in the atmosphere is vital and necessary for thorough disinfection. Lowering the viral load in any environment is key.

Disinfection brings to mind masks, gloves, goggles, and full PPE gear. Imagine a disinfectant safe enough to use without PPE, that is safe to eyes, skin, and our respiratory system, people, animals, and plants.

HOCl, (hypochlorous acid), exists in our white blood cells, and is the foundation of a healthy immune system. Through modern manufacturing processes, we have been able to replicate what the body does at the molecular level and to use that natural technology as a surface and air disinfectant.

  • An NIH study states: HOCl fogging is the decontamination technique that best suits the needs of [healthcare facilities], with its ability to produce small, aerosolized particles. [Healthcare providers] should consider the use of HOCl and no-touch decontamination technologies [ultra-low volume foggers] to improve disinfection of surfaces in their facilities.
  • A second NIH study has shown that fogged HOCl was able to decontaminate environmental surfaces carrying antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin resistant).
  • HOCl fogging at concentrations ranging from 20 to 200 ppm was effective to decontaminate the inert environmental surfaces tested when they carried noroviruses (NVs) and other viruses.
  • Diluted solutions of HOCl, containing as little as 20 to 200 ppm, are effective for disinfection of surfaces contaminated with NVs. Furthermore, 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).

HOCl – The Gold Standard of Disinfection (NIH Study)

  • 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.
  • 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.

HOCl…the disinfectant of choice for all strains and variants of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

FAQs

Apart from COVID, what else does Genesis combat?

Because HOCl is also lethal to e-coli, norovirus, and 99.9% of viruses and other pathogens, Genesis customers say they will continue fogging post-COVID, as part of their cleaning regimen.

How often should our healthcare facility be fogged?

Because it is nontoxic to both humans and animals, there is no maximum, it can be easily added to any cleaning schedule on every shift.

What is the recommended strength of HOCl for fogging?

Our HOCl is a hospital-grade disinfectant and a ready-to-use spray for non-porous surfaces. (SDS sheet is located in the SHOP section of our website, when added to the cart.)

The ideal concentration for fogging is no stronger than 200 ppm HOCl (no stronger than 2 parts water – distilled is recommended, to 1 part HOCl).

When fogged, surfaces should not be soaking wet. Only a fine mist is needed, which dries in minutes. If surfaces are wet, this indicates the operator is standing too close and that the volume of solution is dialed too high. In this case, stand further away from surfaces and dial back solution. Also, for proper “dry” fogging, keep the fogger moving to avoid over-wetting surfaces.

Care and Use of Genesis Fogger

Dilute HOCl solution 2:1 (2 part water to 1 part HOCl). Distilled water is highly recommended to avoid residue and build-up.

Rinse after each use by fogging with distilled water for 10 seconds to flush fogger.

First switch the red (air-flow) dial to the low setting, then slowly turn the blue (solution control) dial for the proper amount of HOCl solution.

Fog at least 8-10 feet from surfaces (you can fog from more than 30 feet away). Proper fogging produces a very fine (20-50 microns, much finer than a human hair) mist and does not overly wet surfaces.

Surfaces should feel dry to the touch almost immediately after being fogged, depending on environmental humidity. There should never be soaking or puddling of solution on surfaces.

Once fogging is complete, shut off the blue dial first to stop the flow of solution. Allow the fogger to run until solution no longer emerges. Then pivot the nozzle upward to avoid dripping.

Shut off the red air-flow dial.

Rinsing at the end of daily use with a small amount of distilled water to remove any residual HOCl from fogger is recommended (fog with distilled water for 15 seconds).

Never overfill tank – always leave 1” of space, visible through side window on top for air to mix with solution properly.

Always store fogger upright, with nozzle also in the upright position.