PARK RIDGE, Ill., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent surge in
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cases have thrust the
infection into the spotlight. Most commonly traced to health care
environments (HA-MRSA), the new community acquired (CA-MRSA) strains are
now being found in schools, universities and athletic settings(1).
Hospitals concerned about the growing incidence of "superbugs" such as MRSA
are turning to a new technology that converts alcohol into a nonflammable
vapor, making it possible to sanitize surfaces that cannot be quickly
sanitized by other methods.
This new system utilizes liquid carbon dioxide as a propellant to spray
a fine alcohol mist. Using this process, oxygen is temporarily displaced by
an envelope of rapidly expanding CO2 gas, rendering the vapor nonflammable.
The technology, known as NAV-CO2, has recently stepped into the spotlight
following the diagnosis of MRSA in previously healthy teens and young
adults. CA-MRSA is becoming more prevalent in school, university and
"What makes NAV-CO2 technology unique is that it is non-corrosive,
self-drying, and safe on almost all materials" says Robert Cook, of Biomist
Inc., a company based in Park Ridge, Illinois. "The ease of use allows one
person to effectively sanitize over 4000 square feet in under two hours.
The vapor penetrates into cracks and crevices where pathogens hide, and
disinfects areas beyond physical reach. For example, you can sanitize
between the keys on a laptop and kill pathogens without corrosion. This is
not possible with a spray bottle of bleach and a rag."
"Veterans Administration hospitals are leading the way in U.S. MRSA
prevention" says Charles Carman, a management consultant working with
hospitals on infection prevention. "The difference is the leadership. VA
Hospitals have made combating MRSA a priority, and have made investments in
NAV-CO2 systems. Ultimately, VA Hospitals will recover the investment many
times over in labor savings and achieve a hygienic environment for
patients, visitors and staff."
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1. Stemper ME, Brady JM, Qutaishat SS, Borlaug G, Reed J, Reed KD, et
Shift in Staphylococcus aureus clone linked to an infected tattoo.
Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2006 Sep [date cited].
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