CIMR™ Infection Control Technology can provide new options and strategies for limiting the potential impact of MRSA and Pandemic Flu in Day Care Centers and Preschools. Day Care Centers using hydrogen peroxide gas technology have reported significant drops in absenteeism and far fewer incidences of colds, flu, and allergy related symptoms among students and faculty. Also, preschools using hydrogen peroxide gas technology have reported that the use of tissues by students within each classroom has dropped from over four boxes per day to just one.
Educational Institutions at all levels are impacted on a continuing basis by the spread of common illnesses through their student and faculty populations. In most cases this is due to the regular introduction of new communicable illnesses transferred from external sources of infection. In more cases than are commonly recognized, however, the source of a recurring communicable illness is due to the fact that contaminating viruses, bacteria, mold, and other fungi have colonized air ducts, educational facilities, and food service areas.
Recently MRSA (Methycillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) has become a source of concern. Originally bred in hospitals, this bacteria has colonized the homes of many former patients who have unknowingly carried the contamination upon discharge. The contamination has spread to other family members, and from there to schools. In some areas of the country, skin blemishes due to localized MRSA infections are common among students. The contamination is readily transferred between individuals and has come to be viewed by some health care providers as a social disease. Worse, MRSA is capable of progressing into necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease. Incidences of student athletes becoming infected with necrotizing fasciitis and losing limbs to amputation are on the rise.
Beyond this any outbreak of Pandemic Flu, even in locations distant from the school may result in extensive student and faculty absenteeism due to fear of infection. During such an outbreak, faculty and student families will require reassurance that the school is safe to attend to ensure minimal disruption.
Testing by Kansas State University and Sandia Labs has shown that the hydrogen peroxide gas technology used in CIMR™ systems can disinfect 99% of surface-contaminating H5N8 within the first two hours once placed into operation. At ten hours after installation the infectivity of H5N8 contamination was no longer measurable. KSU testing has also shown that the hydrogen peroxide gas technology used in CIMR™ systems can disinfect contamination by MRSA, black mold, and other microbes and prevent recontamination. Further, Dr. Marsden of Kansas State University had this to say based on his research: After the first 24 hrs exposure, any new microbe reduction is virtually instantaneous.
CIMR™ Infection Control Technology is an ozone-free process that is safe to use in student-occupied spaces. It works by continuously producing a very low concentration of hydrogen peroxide gas from oxygen and water vapor already in the air, then disseminating it into the protected facility. The hydrogen peroxide gas first sanitizes the air ducts, then sanitizes the air and exposed surfaces in the protected area, and over time diffuses into every crack and crevice that air can penetrate, disinfecting microbes in places that other processes cannot reach.
CIMR™ Infection Control Technology can not only safeguard an educational institution against Pandemic Flu contamination and limit its spread, but it can reduce the daily absenteeism due to common illnesses spread between students and faculty.