It’s in the Air!

Volatile organic compounds or VOC’s can be hard to escape from. They can be in our homes. They are found in common household cleaning products, painting supplies and even DIY dry cleaning kits, aerosol cans, glues and air fresheners. They are found in the air we breathe outside due to smog and other hazardous air pollutants.

VOC’s effect on your health can widely vary from being highly toxic to having little effect at all. Catastrophic damage can occur to your liver, kidney’s as well as your central nervous system if exposed long term to VOC’s.

Studies have shown that it is two to five times more likely to be exposed to VOC’s in an indoor environment. Given this information there are some basic steps you can take to reduce the amount of exposure you have to VOC’s in your home.
1. Remove unused paint and chemicals from your living space and move them to your cities hazardous waste site.
2. Keep the humidity level in your home relatively low. VOC’ exposure is increased under warmer/high humidity conditions.
3. Keep your temperature as low as possible for the same reasons listed above.
4. If you are doing any home renovations, try your best to do so when your home is unoccupied and during a season that will allow for maximum ventilation.
5. Clearly, the most effective way to reduce your exposure is to reduce the amount of products that contain VOC’s in them.

Voc’s are constant threat in our living and work spaces. Harsh chemicals are not the best way to kill or neutralize them. Our NanoTech™ spray utilizes a proprietary water based formulation that is safe for humans and activates with the power of light. The continuous oxidation of the spray kills all components of germs so they cannot evolve.

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The Goal is Zero.

Today we are talking about Hospital Acquire Infections (HAIs). When a patient goes to a hospital, clinic, nursing home or anywhere that administers health care and acquires an infection while being treated it is considered an HAI and it is a major public health problem.

Conservative studies estimate that HAIs will claim the lives of 99,000 people this year, they are the fourth leading cause of the death in the U.S. They cost about $45 billion in additional costs. Contaminated surfaces along with poor cleaning practices found within healthcare centers lead to infections like MRSA. Our NanoTech™ Spray provides a continuous reduction of harmful microbes and is effective 24 hours a day and can last on surfaces for about a year.

The point here is that with some basic best practices in place these infections can be prevented and controlled. Cleaning standards, prevention training, transparency and accountability are important. State and federal government are working to make that happen. However, the goal for any healthcare center should be to have ZERO HAIs. We need to work together to make that happen and create a safe environment for health care to be administered safely.

New Study Shows Antibiotics in Livestock are a Threat to Human Health

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 10048 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new study published in the EMBO Molecular Medicine journal takes an in depth look at the connection between the effects of MRSA in both livestock and humans. The details can be found in their study here: EMBO Molecular Medicine Journal

The cliff notes version is that due to the raised use in antibiotics for livestock, diseases like MRSA can spread from animal to human.

The question is what do we do with this information.  Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), who holds degrees in public health and microbiology, says “This study ends any debate. The extreme overuse of antibiotics in livestock is endangering human health.” The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to state that one of their top priorities is to control diseases like MRSA from spreading.

Perhaps it is worth taking a step back and continues to educate the general public about prevention and how the strains are mutating and spreading. Infection rates have nearly doubled in the last five years in hospital based strains. Check our blog post about our thoughts on that here: Blog

It should be noted that Rep. Slaughter has reintroduced the “Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act”  for the forth time in hopes that this new information will give the bill the traction it needs.

Rep. Slaughter states “Since 1977, when the FDA acknowledged the threat of antibiotic-resistant disease and called for a reduction in the use of antibiotics in animals, we have been waiting for meaningful action to protect public health,” Slaughter said in a press release. “Instead, we’ve gotten delays and half measures, and as a result, even common illnesses like strep throat could soon prove fatal. I’ve introduced this legislation because Congress must act immediately to protect the public health.”

What are your thoughts on the use of antibiotics in livestock? Do you think that limiting human exposure to antibiotics for routine infections (common cold) will help MRSA from adapting and spreading?

Eco Applicators specializes in the professional application of a mineral based; light activated and eco friendly NanoTech™ antimicrobial surface spray. We help provide a solution to the ongoing battle of infection prevention and control.

Our product is unique in that it is safe to humans, animals and the environment, effective in killing pathogens 24 hours a day, and durable expected surface life of over one year.

This is How we Help Keep Athletes Healthy.

Athletes involved in high-physical-contact sports are at the highest risk of contracting MRSA and other skin infections. MRSA skin infections also spread in locker rooms, showers and training facilities. Training tables, equipment and weights are common touch points that spread infections. But it’s not just athletes who are at risk. Coaches, trainers, staff and health club members are contracting skin infections at an alarming rate.

Americans visit the doctor for skin infections more than 12 million times per year. Our NanoTech helps keep athletes in the game. A long-term solution to controlling infections The incidence of skin-related infectious diseases has been estimated at 20.9% of college sports-related conditions and injuries. Sanitizers only reduce the number of germs on a surface but they do not completely rid the surface of germs. Fungal infections are highly communicable and often passed in health club facilities.

The Top Five factors that lead to the spread of MRSA: contact,contaminated surfaces, cuts, scratches and poor cleaning practices.