Are hospitals moving away from chlorine

Are Hospitals moving away from Chlorine?

We’re hearing more and more from hospitals looking for an alternative to chlorine for disinfecting their healthcare settings. Research is building a steady case against the use of chlorine-based disinfectants and cites a strong connection between chlorine usage and levels of occupational asthma. Both nursing staff and domestic teams can be subject to the long-term effect of this debilitating disease.

Due to the problems associated with chlorine products, chlorine free, DiffX™ has been designed to support the healthcare industry provide a safer environment for staff and patients and offers many other additional benefits.

Use of some disinfectants cause respiratory conditions.

We’ve taken a look at two scientific papers that investigate all degrees of breathing problems and occupational asthma to see what they recommend with regard to the harmful effects of chlorine based disinfectants, and at the way disinfectant and cleaning agents should be used, in order to improve safety and avoid the cost of chlorine on health, hospital equipment, as well as on the environment.

A study of 4102 American nurses conducted in 2014*, examining their use of disinfectants and the associated damaging respiratory effects, found that ‘in particular’ the disinfection of medical instruments was associated with poor asthma control and recommends healthcare services stop using hazardous substances and use safer alternatives for asthma control.

DiffX™ is a perfect alternative to chlorine-based disinfectants. It is a safer combined cleaner and disinfectant, and it does not cause breathing problems or make existing conditions worse. DiffX™ patented peracetic acid formulation, is non-toxic and totally environmentally safe, leaving no toxic residue on surfaces and any unused solution is harmless.

Certain types of cleaning associated with increased risk of asthma

In the UK, research completed by the Health and Safety Executive in 2017* reviewed 59 academic papers that looked at the occupational risks of asthma in relation to cleaning products and concluded that there is consistent evidence that certain types of cleaning work were associated with increased risk of developing asthma, and potentially other respiratory conditions, and making pre-existing asthma worse.

Asthma symptoms were reported to worsen with the use of chlorine agents and bleaches, and spraying these chemicals was also associated with increased risk of respiratory disease.

DiffX™ minimises waste and provides users with piece of mind. This safer alternative to a chlorine acts faster than chlorine disinfection, so it is especially beneficial for quick turnover of patient’s rooms and equipment.

Benefits of non-chlorine cleaning & disinfecting

Being milder and more effective, DiffX™ will not harm these materials in the way that chlorine disinfectants do. Supported by testing DiffX™ is safe on: stainless steel, plastic, silicone, laminates, and microfiber.

Therefore, reduces the costs of repair and replacement that may be incurred when using chlorine. Resulting in surfaces and furnishings looking brighter and newer for longer. Great for budgets as well as improving the wellbeing and moral of patients and staff alike.

Advantages of DiffX™

So, with strong scientific evidence, does this mean that chlorine-based disinfectants have had their day? We know that healthcare organisations are looking for safer choices and longer-term savings.

We at DiffX™ have been overwhelmed with the interest in our product that has been designed to provide such an alternative. The absence of chlorine and the application of DiffX™ provides a safer product that does not harm health or productivity.

This, combined with DiffX™’s non-corrosive effect on hospital equipment makes it a better choice for effective cleaning and disinfection with massive long-term benefits for health and hospital budgets.

Book a call with us to find out how we supported a hospital domestic team member to return to work after 3 months off from the effects of chlorine on their health;

Mike Jepson       Email:    Telephone: 01484 505615

* Dumas O, Wiley AS, Quinot C, et al, occupational exposure to disinfectants and asthma control in US nurses
Health and safety executive 2017 study ‘A literature review of evidence on cleaning products And Occupational risks for asthma’