Medical 2Germ Correspondent and best selling author of The Germ Code – Jason “the Germ Guy” Tetro joins the SiO2 International team to keep us safe.

Microbiologist and author Jason Tetro has joined forces with SiO2 International to seek the best solution to the pathogen paradox. “Most germs are our friends, and very important to our well being” says Tetro, “but there are about 1450 types of bacteria of the tens of thousands of beneficial microbes that can cause illness. Of those, an even smaller number, about a dozen, find their way into hospitals, food processing plants, nursing homes, and other sensitive environments where they can cause not only infections, but chaos. Hand hygiene is the first line of defense but compliance can wane and so a passive route to keeping pathogens at bay is needed. I have continually searched for this means and feel that technologies like SiO2′s Ultra Thin Layers are the way of the future. They are safe to the environment and offer an easy-to-clean characteristic allowing for the easy removal of these transient terrors on treated surfaces. By helping to minimize soiling using surface stabilizing solutions, this goal will become a reality.”

Post op surgical site infections affect over 500,000 patients resulting in 100,000 mortalities and over 10 billion dollars of additional costs to the health care system in the United States annually. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons state the following 5 “C’s” are the main cause of MRSA transmission:

  • Crowding
  • Contact (skin to skin)
  • Compromised skin
  • Contaminated items or surfaces
  • Lack of Cleanliness

Patients with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of infection and are prescribed stronger anti-biotics to control outbreaks. Bacteria like MRSA become resistant to these drugs and are more difficult to control. More and more, national health care systems are using alternative control methods like SiO2 surface treatments to contain bacterial issues. The NHS in the U.K. has adopted this technology to control surface associated bacteria. By utilizing SiO2 Technology, no additional toxins are introduced to a sensitive environment. Our products control bacteria through a natural molecular process which microbes cannot become resistant to (See Silver Ions vs. Ionic Exchange). For surfaces needing a more sterile environment, our safe effective SiO2 proprietary antibacterial variants will assist in eliminating microbes within minutes and give you all the characteristics of our regular products.

Examples of healthcare surface usage:

  • surgery room surfaces
  • door handles
  • washroom appliances
  • light switches, elevator buttons
  • bed rails and screens
  • beside tables
  • ambulance
  • telephones
  • computer keyboards
  • touch screens

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