Area Decontamination
 
Hydrogen peroxide vapor (HPV) technology (Bioquell) equipment in hospital room
Hydrogen peroxide vapor (HPV) technology (Bioquell) has been shown to be effective in eliminating healthcare-associated pathogens from contaminated hospital rooms.
  • Area decontamination refers to the use of vaporous disinfectants to decontaminate areas such as rooms in a building or a contaminated laboratory
  • Vaporous disinfectants have been used in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 10 years, and were used to eliminate anthrax from contaminated government office buildings and post office facilities in 2001
  • Vaporous disinfectants that have been used for area decontamination include formaldehyde, chlorine dioxide gas, and hydrogen peroxide
  • Currently, the disinfectant of choice for area decontamination is vaporous hydrogen peroxide, which is catalytically converted to water and oxygen, leaving no harmful byproducts in treated areas
  • Recently, vaporous disinfectants have been used to decontaminate hospital wards or individual patient rooms
  • Both the micro-condensation process produced by BIOQUELL and the dry gas method produced by STERIS have been shown to be effective for area decontamination
  • Hydrogen peroxide vapor (HPV) technology (Bioquell) has been shown to be effective in eliminating healthcare-associated pathogens from contaminated hospital rooms
  • Additional studies are warranted to establish the cost-effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide vapor decontamination in healthcare settings