Fortunately, there is a panic button to press.
A very effective one too.
But first priority has to be to evacuate everybody out of there.
Set up somewhere for a few hours with unaffected staff – a marquee from the ambulance service is better than nothing.
Because this is winter and things can’t stop running.
You can’t stop the world
Cold weather. Ice. Old people falling and traffic accidents – you know the score.
Now, the panic button.
It’s on the front panel of an automated room steriliser. A thing that looks like a small stylish wheelie-bin. Press it, and you have 30 seconds to leave the room – before it starts spraying an ultra-fine mist of ionised hydrogen peroxide.
Yes, the same hydrogen peroxide from yonks back that you might use to treat wounds and disinfect.
Nineteenth Century champion
But with a high-tech Twenty-First Century difference.
Ionised, that fine spray is significantly smaller than drops of water mist. So light, it rides easily into the air, spreading upwards and outwards. Under things too – and behind – and deep into crevices where normal cleaning doesn’t reach.
Except this isn’t a cleaner. It’s a full-on Log 6 steriliser.
As a powerful oxidiser, hydrogen peroxide is a killer for viruses and bacteria. All of them.
It’s electronically charged too, so it physically reaches out and grabs pathogen cells, releasing oxygen atoms that rip their cell structure apart. A dry mist that evaporates as it works.
And to make doubly sure, that mist is boosted with another known germ-killer from way back – colloidal silver.
An ultra-thin residue of it is left on surfaces, a sterilising layer for on-going protection.
Safe and secure
No germs can survive this double onslaught. They’re gone on contact. No more norovirus, no more e.coli. No more Ebola either, if you were ever unfortunate enough to face that challenge.
And the stuff reaches everywhere, including places that never normally get touched. The underside of beds and trolleys, the keyboards and cables of electronic equipment, behind and on top of cupboards.
And the one place that never normally gets treated – the total room AIR space.
Worth remembering, that.
Because since all microbes are smaller than the eye can see, they’re mostly airborne anyway – even if that’s not how they’re contracted.
It’s in the air
Normal sterilising takes care of surfaces, but not the air. So as soon as you’re done, the bugs settle back – and you sit with a re-infection problem. (Tweet this)
Sterilise the air too, and that doesn’t happen.
Twenty minutes, forty, and you’re done – it depends on the room size. Totally safe too, hydrogen peroxide decomposes in action to just oxygen and water, which evaporates anyway. Then, just in case, say another ten minutes to vent.
Less than an hour and you’re back in business.
The entire place is sterilised, just by pressing a button.
Ask the folks in the haematology department at Salford Royal, they’ve had their machine for two years now – and infections are seriously down.
Under sixty minutes
So, less than an hour. Didn’t think it could be that quick? Well, with all the pressure on NHS right now, who can afford to close a ward for a week, let alone A&E?
If it’s super urgent, call Jon Knight on 07776 451222 or click here. A hit team can be rolling ASAP, often within the hour.
Easy-peasy, and you’re sorted. No more norovirus. Or anything else.
Hope you never caught it in the line of fire.
Originally posted 2015-01-22 12:31:14.