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Steam vapor can replace chemicals

February 25, 2009
SEATTLE, WA — Groundbreaking research published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control validates a new surface disinfection process that may one day replace chemical disinfectants in hospitals, according to a press release.
The process incorporates a saturated steam vapor system with Thermal Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation (TANCS) technology, harnessing the power of steam to eradicate antibiotic-resistant bacteria, viruses and fungi on surfaces in less than five seconds, the release stated.
Rick Hoverson, principal of Advanced Vapor Technologies, said: "The present level of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), the ever-increasing number of multi-drug-resistant pathogens, along with concerns over use and exposure to chemicals, highlights the need for a simpler, safer, broader-spectrum and faster-acting surface disinfection protocol."
When the TANCS-treated water is transformed into super-heated, low-moisture steam, the crystals are energized and disrupt microbial cell walls and membranes. This, coupled with the protein denaturing effect of the moist heat, rapidly and reliably kills a broad range of pathogens, the release noted.
In the study, “Reduction in Infection Risk Through Treatment of Microbially Contaminated Surfaces With a Novel, Portable, Saturated Steam Vapor Disinfection System,” Dr. Benjamin Tanner, president and scientific director of Antimicrobial Test Laboratories, and staff treated a diverse assortment of pathogenic organisms, including vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and MS2 coliphage, with the TANCS system, the release added.
According to the study, surface sanitation was observed within two seconds for most microorganisms, and all of the pathogens tested were completely inactivated within five seconds.
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