On November 21, 2016 3M shared a press release introducing the
C.diff. Solution Tablets – EPA Registered to Kill C.diff. Spores in 4 minutes.
When most people think of hospitals, they imagine a safe, clean environment where patients can comfortably receive treatments in an effort to get healthy. However, in reality, hospitals can pose potential risks to both patients and staff, through the threat of infections caused by pathogens such as MRSA, E. coli and C. difficile (C. diff.).
Remarkably, C. diff contributes to nearly 29,000 deaths every year – almost matching the number of deaths caused by influenza.[i] Despite the prevalence of this organism, prevention and containment pose numerous challenges as the spores can survive for weeks on a large variety of surfaces.
To combat the rise of C. diff infections at hospital facilities, 3M recently launched 3MC. diff Solution Tablets, providing a proven, effective alternative to bleach and peracetic acid disinfectants.
Now available for use in the U.S., the new product delivers on effectiveness, efficiency and value, by providing the following:
EPA-registered to kill diff spores in four minutes
Effective against Norovirus
Safer than bleach and peracetic acid, featuring an NFPA rating of 0,0,0 with no personal protective equipment required at use dilution
In-use pH of 5.5 to 6.5, which is closer to neutral than bleach or peracetic acid
Dissolves in approximately three minutes with a mild chlorine smell
Tablets are available in two sizes for use in large and small containers
The product can be applied with a cloth, wipe, mop, or coarse trigger sprayer, and will not bind to common wiping media
Costs significantly less than ready-to-use bleach
Yields a three-year shelf life in sealed packets, and seven-day shelf life when diluted and stored in a closed container
“We are excited to provide our customers with an effective solution for the battle against C. diff,” said Adrian Cook, product marketer for chemicals at 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “The reduction and prevention of infections is an important focus for our customers and we look forward to continuing our work in ensuring safe environments.”
In addition to the new product launch, 3M Commercial Solutions Division also announced the expansion of its Flow Control System product line through the introduction of four additional chemical offerings:
3M Quat Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate 5A EPA-registered disinfectant cleaner for use in hospitals. Kills HIV-1, MRSA, VRE, herpes simplex I and II and other pathogens. Rinse-free, pleasant fragrance. 0.5 gallon concentrate bottle yields 107 ready-to-use gallons. 4/case.
3M Neutral Quat Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate 23A EPA-registered disinfectant cleaner kills HIV-1, MRSA, VRE, herpes simplex I and II, and other pathogens. Rinse-free, low foaming, neutral pH formula. 0.5 gallon concentrate bottle yields 100 ready-to-use gallons. 4/case.
Scotchgard Pretreatment Cleaner Concentrate 28A Hard-working cleaner for heavily soiled areas of colorfast carpet. Use as a pre-spray prior to extraction or shampooing to loosen soils and stains. 0.5 gallon concentrate bottle yields 26 ready-to-use gallons. 4/case.
3M Bathroom Cleaner Concentrate 44A Green Seal Certified bathroom cleaner. Removes soap scum and scale from bathroom surfaces. 0.5 gallon concentrate bottle yields 28 ready-to-use gallons. 4/case.
For more information about 3M C. diff Solution Tablets and the 3M Flow Control System, please visit www.3M.com/facility
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Source: 3M Company
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Feb. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. a global bacteria decontamination and infection prevention company, announced the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has amended TOMI’s registration for its patented Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) to include its effectiveness in disinfecting Clostridium difficile spores (C. diff)+, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)**and influenza (H1N1)**.
TOMIEnvironmental Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of infection prevention and decontamination products and services, focused primarily on life sciences including healthcare, bio-safety, pharmaceutical, clean-room and research. Our mission is to help our customers create a healthier world through TOMI’s product line. TOMI’s motto is “Innovating for a Safer World” for healthcare and life.
As a global decontamination and infectious disease control company, TOMI provides environmental solutions for indoor and outdoor surface decontamination through the sale of equipment, services and licensing of our SteraMist Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT) which is a EPA registered hydrogen peroxide based mist and fog.
During August 2010, TOMI entered into negotiations to purchase the assets of a U.S. Defense company’s division that owned and operated BIT. The technology was a division of L-3 Applied Technologies, Inc. (L-3). In April 2013, we completed the acquisition of certain assets from L-3 for $3,510,000 and TOMI began to develop, engineer and complete regulatory testing for the EPA registrations of BIT and BIT Solution as a Hospital-Healthcare Disinfectant. BIT is the platform that runs our SteraMist equipment that currently accounts for nearly all of our revenue.
TOMI re-engineered the prototypes into TOMI’s current model of Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT), branded as SteraMist. This technology was developed for the neutralization of anthrax spores and sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This novel DARPA project was sanctioned under DARPA/CMO Contract No. MDA972-03-C-0092 and developed through the Special Projects Office/SPO.: Immune Building DARPA Order No. P896/00 Program Code: 3310 3701 North Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22203-1714.
In June 2015, SteraMist BIT was granted a registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a hospital-healthcare disinfectant for use as a misting/fogging agent (EPA Registration 90150-2). Our product also holds a second EPA registration for mold control and air & surface remediation (EPA Registration 90150-1).
SteraMist Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT)
BIT was developed in response to Amerithrax, the anthrax attacks that occurred in Washington, D.C. shortly after the September 11,2001 US terrorist attacks. It is a patented two-step process that aerosolizes and activates a low concentration hydrogen peroxide solution producing a fine aqueous mist that contains a high concentration of Reactive Oxidative Species (ROS), mostly hydroxyl radicals. ROS cause damage to pathogenic organisms via mechanisms such as oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids such as carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids leading to cellular disruption and/or dysfunction. The unique alteration of the chemistry of our solution occurs after passing our EPA registered BIT Solution through our atmospheric high voltage cold plasma arc which causes the breaking of the double bond of a hydrogen peroxide molecule. The net result is the hydroxyl radical. This hydroxyl radical is known as Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (AIHP). The TOMI patented process allows these ROS (hydroxyl radicals) to exist in high concentrations without rapidly recombining and losing their reactivity.
Testing detailed by DARPA demonstrates these ROS, which include the hydroxyl ion and hydroxyl radicals, aggressively break the double bonds in bacterial spores, biological and Chemical warfare agents (BWA and CWA) neutralizing their threat and producing non-toxic by-products.
Brought to the commercial market by TOMI in June 2013, our current suite of products includes the SteraMist Surface Unit, the SteraMist Environment System, and BIT Solution. Our SteraMist BIT platform has expanded beyond the initial chemical and biological warfare applications to deactivate problem microorganisms (including spores) in healthcare, laboratory, clean rooms, and a wide variety of other commercial and residential settings. SteraMist BIT provides fast acting biological deactivation and works in even the most hard-to-reach areas while leaving no residue or noxious fumes. The by-products produced by SteraMist BIT are oxygen and humidity.
The SteraMist Surface Unit is a fully portable fast-acting, hand held, point and spray disinfection/decontamination system. It is a safe and easy process to make certain that your facility, home, and assets are disinfected/decontaminated to the maximum extent possible. The single applicator Surface Unit enables disinfection of all surfaces–including high touch, sensitive medical equipment, and electronics. The space is safe to re-enter within minutes after the Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (AIHP) mist has been applied. The EPA registered 5-second application time AND 7-minute contact time seamlessly results in quick room turnover while eliminating pathogens such as MRSA and H1N1.
TOMI’s SteraMist Surface Unit is lightweight, easy to transport, and capable of achieving reliable disinfection/decontamination as it is easily incorporated into current cleaning procedures and protocols. The hydroxyl radicals produced by TOMI’s plasma science does not require heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems to be shut down and requires no wiping, leaves no residue and is a bleach, chlorine, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, titanium dioxide, peracetic and silver ion free formula.
The SteraMist Environment System is a transportable remotely controlled system that provides complete room disinfection/decontamination of a sealed space, up to 103.8 m3 (3,663 ft3). Individually, each remote applicator can be used to treat a space of approximately 34.6 m3 (1,221 ft3). Multiple Environment Systems can be used simultaneously to accommodate larger spaces. Fast application = minimal down time. Mechanical cleaning that makes whole room disinfecting/decontaminating easier. With this automated touch-less application solution you can treat multiple areas simultaneously. Our hybrid technology – applicators can be used in manual and/or fogging modes. Great for frequent daily use, saves time and labor. SteraMist is a powerful technology in fighting, reducing and eliminating bacteria including C. diff spores and when you reenter the room you can “smell the clean”
TOMI currently targets domestic and international markets. Our approach to the international markets is through strategic partners, manufacturer representatives,/or and licensed distribution partners. The company is currently focused in Mexico and Central America, the EU, and Asia where the technology is used for the control of microorganisms and the decontamination of large and small indoor space for biological pathogens and chemical agents. Domestically, TOMI’s primary market is Healthcare-Hospitals, Biosafety, and Pharmaceutical along with many other verticals that TOMI sells to end-users or end-user can elect to have the areas treated through the TOMI Service Network (TSN), a network professional service providers. These include infectious diseases in hospitals, bio-secure labs, pharmaceutical, biodefense, and biosafety facilities – including isolation and transfer chambers, tissue banks, food safety, and many other commercial and residential settings.
TOMI has extensive experience in developing training programs and application protocols for its clients and is a member in good standing with The American Biological Safety Association, The American Association of Tissue Banks, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, The Restoration Industry Association, Indoor Air Quality Association, and The International Ozone Association.
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Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved an amendment to the Company’s master label for its Excelyte® disinfecting solution.
The Company’s new EPA-approved label incorporates kill claimsfor adenovirus, norovirus, rhinovirus and rotavirus, which are considered non-enveloped viruses.
The Company’s amended EPA-approved label for Excelyte® will continue to include previously EPA-approved kill claims for: (i) various pathogens including, but not limited to, Mycobacterium bovis (Tuberculosis), Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) and Respiratory Syncytial virus (RSV); (ii) hospital-acquired pathogens such as Clostridium difficile spores (C. diff) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) as well as a carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) known as Klebsiella pneumoniae (NDM-1); (iii) high-risk blood-borne pathogen human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); (iv) the food-borne pathogens Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli (E. coli); and (v) Yeast, Candida albicans.
These viruses have resulted in serious problems for chain restaurants, cruise ships, and other establishments operating in the food, health or hospitality industries.
Non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants than enveloped viruses, many of which are already listed on the Company’s master label. EPA registered hospital disinfectants such as Excelyte® that have claims against non-enveloped viruses are capable of killing both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses on non-porous environmental surfaces. This group of viruses can cause serious gastrointestinal, stomach, respiratory and eye infections in humans who have been exposed.
Norovirus is highly contagious and is spread through contaminated food, water and environmental surfaces. Norovirus infections have been an ongoing challenge in the food, healthcare and hospitality industries and recent outbreaks in chain restaurants and cruise lines have underlined the need to eradicate these viral infections.
Although the Company is currently focused on selling Excelyte® to the oil and gas production industry, the amended EPA label will provide increased opportunities for the use of Excelyte® in the food, healthcare and hospitality industries. The Company continues to seek strategic partners to assist in the development, marketing and distribution of Excelyte® into these markets.
David R. LaVance, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We have pursued the addition of these non-enveloped viruses due to the serious and deadly outbreaks that have been reported nationally and internationally over the past few years. Norovirus, in particular, has caused significant problems for a major fast food chain. With the increasing ineffectiveness of antibiotics, it is important to use antibacterial products, such as Excelyte®, to eliminate pathogens before they infect people.”
About Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd.
Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. is a publicly-traded company that operates through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, I.E.T., Inc. All of the Company’s products and services are marketed and sold under the umbrella brand name, EcoTreatments.
The Company markets and sells its anolyte disinfecting solution under the Excelyte® brand name, which is produced by the Company’s proprietary EcaFlo® equipment that utilizes an electrolytic process known as electrochemical activation to reliably produce environmentally responsible solutions for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.
Excelyte® solutions are EPA-registered, hard-surface disinfectants and sanitizers approved for hospital-level use and are also approved for use as a biocide in the oil and gas industry. The products can be used anywhere there is a need to control bacteria and viruses.
The Company’s EcaFlo® equipment also produces a cleaning solution that the Company markets under the Catholyte Zero brand name. Catholyte Zero solutions are environmentally friendly cleansers and degreasers for janitorial, sanitation and food processing uses. To learn more, visit www.ecotreatments.com.
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