Disinfectants kill stuff—bacteria, yeasts, fungus, viruses—all the kinds of microscopic germs around us that can infect our bodies and cause us harm. But it’s no coincidence that they’re called “Biocides” by the regulators that control these chemicals as products being offered to the marketplace. ‘Bio” means more than germs, it means things ‘biological’; that name makes it obvious that they’re going to be toxic to some extent to just about all forms of life, including us. Some are much more dangerous than others, but in the end, disinfectants belong in this category of being licensed killing solutions.
The lessons of the Corona pandemic:
Most of these chemical products are manmade, synthetic compounds selected in laboratory tests for the ability to kill germs, and to be used at concentrations that are supposed to be least dangerous to the people applying them. They’re generally unpleasant if you breathe them, or get them in your eyes, but overall, not immediately harmful to skin, not on a single contact with at working solution strength anyway. Most of them have been around for quite a few years. Because of that, and because the kinds of uses that have become commonplace are every-now and-again, rather than constant high-level kinds of exposures, they’re taken for granted as safe. Not true. We learned a lesson quickly in the Corona virus pandemic, where initially there was no clear understanding of how the virus was so good at being transmitted and infecting people. People began using environmental disinfectants at a high rate, frequently, and soon it became obvious that these chemicals could lead to a lot of damage to the users—damage to skin, lungs, eyes, and to all the surfaces in the environment that they were being sprayed on.
What we know now is that all the most popular disinfectant sprays and wipes—peroxides, chlorine bleach, “quats” (those are really surfactants, a lot like dish washing detergents but much more potent), ozone, and alcohols that can be really harmful. Not just in those high-use scenarios, but also in the normal pattern of household and institutional uses. Repeated even low level, ‘normal’ exposures can damage lungs, and attack skin, even internal organs. They’re all now coming under fire as being not good for your body, or for the contaminated surfaces they get sprayed on. That’s where Hypochlorous solutions come in!
Hypochlorous Acid—Nature’s best
Every human body makes hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as the first line of defense against germs that we run into each day. Our white blood cells get called into action to attack the daily onslaught of microbes that take advantage of the warmth and nutrition of our body tissues to try to set up home, multiply, and cause us harm. Those white blood cells depend on making HOCl because it’s an equal opportunity germ killer, clobbers all kinds of invaders, quickly. Nature’s chemical defense doesn’t have time to be selective, it must work in the here and now, no matter what the germ. It’s the most powerful antimicrobial chemical we can muster, lightning fast, and short-lived, disappearing as soon as it’s done its job. Mother Nature knows how to do it right, and not hang around. Our bodies have perfected mechanisms to disarm HOCl, providing us the perfect balance of power and safety. Nothing else comes close
Where are we now?
That short-life has been a challenge over the years as, not surprisingly, people have tried to make HOCl to take advantage of its unique properties. For the longest time, ever since the first use of HOCl on infected wounds in World War 1, all efforts to manufacture HOCl as a disinfecting product were stymied by that short life. Doctors who wanted to use it to disinfect wounds had to resort to making it ‘bedside’. Not anymore. One of the most important technical breakthroughs in in the field of infection control over the last few years has been the ability to make HOCl, pure and identical to the white blood cell version, at industrial scale, and bottle it up as a stable, safe, powerful disinfecting solution.
That means powerful enough to kill the toughest bacteria, including the tough spores that spread readily even in hospitals, MRSA and C. Diff. and all the viruses including Corona Sars 2, as well as polio, influenza and the common cold viruses that plague us. Some of these are much more readily picked up by touching surfaces than the COVID 19 virus, so rigorous surface decontamination is a must, important not only for these but likely for the next pandemic bug that turns up.
HOCl is today’s disinfectant, with all the effectiveness to deal with contaminating germs across the board, yet safe enough to spray in your eyes, to breathe over and over again with not the slightest irritation. As a user you have confidence that you’re counting on Nature’s choice, the net result of millions of years of evolution. Nothing readily mutates to become resistant to HOCl, it doesn’t select for traits such as antibiotic resistance as some disinfectants do, and it does no harm to surfaces it decontaminates. Spraying or aerosolizing it doesn’t mean you have to evacuate the space and breathing in the mist is actually quite pleasant. To put this in perspective, if you aerosolize hydrogen peroxide it is irritating at 1 part per million (ppm) in air and will cause permanent lung damage at 2 ppm. You can breathe HOCl at 200 ppm for hours with no adverse effects at all.
Responsible environmental sanitation in 2023 can rely on HOCl, finally, as the only choice that makes sense. Stable and strong enough to meet the federal regulators’ demands and cost effective enough to overwhelm the competition in every practical category, there are no good reasons to think about alternatives.
The emergence of stabilized hypochlorous acid (HOCl) technology in the last decade represents one of the most important advances of modern times for infection control in healthcare institutions. Over-use of antimicrobial agents in both patient care and environmental sanitation threatens now to return medicine to the pre-antibiotic era. New tools to deal with infectious agents become critical to safe and successful management of hospitalized populations as microbes adapt and evolve to resist conventional measures. Natural selection has placed HOCl on the very front lines of the human body’s defense reactions to invasion and injury. Healthcare professionals can now deliver this natural power safely and conveniently to sites of infection and environmental contamination with a solution of CuraClean HOCl that almost instantly disarms and destroys all classes of pathogens. The technology is without precedent and offers enormous advantages to healthcare professionals in dealing with the challenges of early 21st Century medicine.
Human white blood cells (Granulocytes) quickly arrive at injured tissues in response to local danger signals that make them start immediately to make HOCl to deal with the need for infection control and start the healing process. Only in the last few years has it been possible to make this natural substance outside the body, in quantity, and deliver it to destroy pathogens, not just in wounds but also on surfaces and instruments that are sources of contamination and infection. Seven years of research and development at major universities and NIH have been committed to making an HOCl product that can meet the highest standards of purity, safety and stability needed to introduce this innovation to healthcare today. HOCl in this unique form has a profile that is unmatched. Ongoing research at university departments of chemistry and microbiology is providing compelling evidence of HOCl efficacy and purity for publications and presentations in national and international forums.
Environmental hygiene: HOCl is an effective replacement for conventional disinfectants with lesser power and safety, such as quaternary ammonium compounds, phenols, iodophors, some of which have generated resistant microbe traits in recent years. A protocol of routine use of HOCl as a spray/wipe/spray surface disinfectant can be supplemented with overnight aerosolization of air spaces that experience heavy people traffic during daytime hours. This adds to the efficiency of decontamination measures in high exposure zones.
Inter-patient occupancy room sanitation: high risks of residual contamination in rooms vacated by patients experiencing infections from MRSA, Acinetobacter or C.dificile can be mitigated by aerosol misting of HOCl. Efficiency of penetration can be monitored with oxidant-detection color strips to ensure dispersal of the active HOCl.
Instrument decontamination: Efficacy protocols have been established and proven for use of HOCl as an instrument decontaminant after thorough cleansing measures have been applied. Studies with less stable and pure forms of HOCl substantiate the efficiency of this approach. HOCl brings added security in the purity of the active component, and the prolonged shelf life, including tolerance of heat stress in storage.
Wound cleansing: Infected wounds benefit not only from the direct antimicrobial properties of HOCl, but also from:
1) the topically effective enhancement of blood clotting;
2) the local specific immune response triggering mechanisms;
3) speedier closure of epithelial breaches encouraged by faster growth and movement of superficial epithelial cells.
Summary: Hospital infection control by adoption of HOCl interventions will reliably impact contamination hazards, reduce risks to patients and personnel, and contain costs associated with the institutionally acquired infections. No other innovation is so readily accessible, or so cost-effective. There are no environmental or personnel or patient exposure downsides, and no risks of generating new resistant strains unresponsive to HOCl.
Personal Human usage benefits: With the addition of a saline nasal solution with 30 PPM added Hypochlorous and Hypochlorous Skin Spray easily and safely protects humans from contracting any viruses if used as directed.
• Facility fogging
• High touch area spraying
• Saline Nasal spray with HOCl
• Hand, eyes, and skin protection