An answer to MRSA?
As the fear of the spread of MRSA continues, the news that a UK company has developed a 'green' sterilising solution which is powerful enough to kill life-threatening germs, such as MRSA, C.Diff and Salmonella, but is completely harmless to humans and the environment, could be a lifeline.
MRSA is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. Infections occur mostly in hospitals and healthcare facilities, with a higher incident rate in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
HypoTech Ltd, based on the Isle of Wight, has for a number of years been developing the eco-cleansing solution, which replicates the human defence mechanism. The company has focused on making the natural biocide stable enough to be used in commercial and healthcare applications. The company says it has now come up with a product that is not only environmentally friendly, but has the necessary shelf life to be used in workplace and healthcare environments.
"The biocide has the potential to revolutionise how people work, the quality of our food and drink, how our hospitals operate and how we go about our daily lives," said Dan Spacie, chief executive officer of HypoTech.
"It is a major asset to both the public and private sector with the need today for both environmental and financial cost savings," he went on to say.
How does it work?
The solution mirrors the human chemotaxis process and produces the same active biocidal hypochlorous acid (HOCI), making it powerful enough to combat germs, such as MRSA, C.Diff and Salmonella, but without the toxins, irritants and chemicals associated with powerful sterilising solutions currently on the market. Its environmentally friendly properties also mean there are no hazardous waste disposal issues associated with the solution and its developer says it also saves on water and energy because there are no requirements to rinse it and it can be used in a cold environment.
HypoTech said it was working with a number of partners to bring its solution to market following positive initial testing and said it expected strong worldwide sales.
"We are engaged in hospital, food and drink production, catering, general health and defence markets," said Spacie.
The solution is available in liquid, spray and wipe form and HypoTech has developed a number of variants to suit different markets, including medical sanitisation, hospitality, beverage manufacturing and food production and preparation.
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