Health care

During the 1960-70’s, the wholesale use of new (and often underdeveloped) biocides as a weapon against micro-organisms in food production and healthcare was prevalent and it was not until the 1980’s when it was proven that these had caused serious biological and environmental harm that worldwide action was taken to largely ban the use of these toxic chemicals from use, although some remained such as formaldehyde and its derivatives (since removed from medical use as causing asthma and cancer).

 

Envirolyte has been actively involved in exploring the potential of anolyte as a replacement for chlorine which has been a most effective disinfectant for over a century, eradicating many harmful diseases caused by population growth and poor living conditions. However it has been documented and proved that chlorine when combined with organic material will produce dangerous carcinogenic products or side effects that do not allow widespread use of this chemical on safety or environmental grounds. 

 

ELA-1200 generator in a hospital in Iran

 

 

Anolyte has since been used as a method of water treatment in commercial and industrial applications, including human waste treatment and oil exploration, ensuring that water courses and the environment have not been overly contaminated by the primary source.

 

Anolyte, a blend of electrolysed brine and water, has been developed by Envirolyte to provide a unique electrolyzed water biocidal liquid that provides the cleaning strengths and benefits of chlorine without the dangerous side effects, ensuring no toxic or other side effects to humans or animals.

 

As anolyte is biodegradable, it is therefore not detrimental to the environment or aquatic life.
Envirolyte has also developed the technology and experience required to enable the product to remain stable and active in storage for up to 18 months, making it an ideal healthcare industry cold sterilisation tool with excellent sporicidal, fungicidal and bactericidal powers whilst at the same time. 

 

Why is it better than the other biocides?

Comparisons of sporicidal cold sterilant options
Disinfectant Health & Safety Risks Risk to equipment being sterilised Sporicidal Shelf Life Log 10 6 spore kill time under „clean“ conditions
Glutaraldehyde High Absorption by plastics 14-28 days > 3 hours
Peracetic acid High Damages copper alloys 1 day < 5 mins
Chlorine dioxide Low Medium 7 days < 2 mins
Enzyme Surfactants Low to medium Low    
Electrolysed brine Minimal Some plastics need protection Hours < 2 mins
Anolyte Minimal Low > 10 weeks „dirty“ > 12 months „clean“ < 2 mins

 

 

Anolyte biocidal tests (Log 10 reductions)3

SporicidalClean1 Dirty2
Bacillus subtilis var niger >6.32 >6.28
Bactericidal to BS EN 1276Clean1  Dirty2
Pseudomonas aeruginosa >5.00 >5.00
Escherichia coli >5.00 >5.00
Staphylococcus aureus >5.00 >5.00
Salmonella typhinurium >5.00 >5.00
Klebsiella pneumoniae >5.00 >5.00
Fungicidal to BS EN 1275Clean1  Dirty2
Candida albicans >5.00 <4.00

 

1. 0.03% horse serum;
2. Sporicidal tests 1% horse serum; and BS EN 1275/1276 0.3% horse serum;
3. Testing carried out at HIRL, Dudley Road, Birmingham, Don Whitley Scientific Ltd, Shipley, West Yorkshire.

 

Identified hospital applications of anolyte but not limited to

  • Hard Surface treatments
  • Hand washing
  • Instrument soak and wash
  • Decontamination of Endoscopes and Washing equipment
  • Decontamination of water storages and pipework
  • Secondary disinfectant under EN15883 / HTM 01
  • Podiatry – instrument washes and foot soaks
  • Radiology – wipe down of hard surfaces and decontamination of ultra sound
  • equipment
  • Bed and wheelchair washing [compatible with most UK bedwashers]
  • Laundry pre-treatments
  • Fogging clean areas – as part of deep clean or as rapid decontamination
  • De-biofilm techniques in endoscopes and dental equipment
 

Anolyte addresses major public health threats of

 

 

M.tuberculosis,MRSA, C.Difficile, E.coli, norovirus, HIV Polio virus, Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella and Legionella

 

 

Human and animal influenza, (including H5N1 avian influenza and H1N1 swine influenza)

 

 

 


 

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