"Miracle Mist" Lays Down Antimicrobial Shield in Hospitals

A revolutionary spray aimed at controlling hospital infections by antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" first kills the microbes and then creates an impregnable film that keeps hospital operating rooms and wards germ-free for up to 12 months. Known as Q Bioshield, the spray recently had its debut at the Yorkshire Foot Hospital and Podiatry Clinic in Pudsey, near the British city of Leeds.

"We are absolutely confident we have found the ultra-safe and long-term effective answer to the major problem of poor hygiene and rampant superbug infections in our hospitals today," said infection-control expert Andrew Kemp, who, along with chemical technologist Charlie Pillans, invented the formula for Q Bioshield.

 Kemp declared that the new mist offers a 12-month "failsafe" answer to deadly hospital-based infections, which have proliferated dramatically in recent years with the rise of drug-resistant strains of staphylococcus and Clostridium dificile bacteria. The new agent can be sprayed on any surface, including steel, tile, curtains, soft cushions and bedding. It destroys germs on those surfaces, kills any microbes that land there afterward, and remains intact even after repeated washing and scouring with conventional detergents.

 Fogging teams are able to treat a ward or operating theater with Q Bioshield in just a few hours. It dries within four hours, and costs roughly $12,000-$15,000 per fogging for an average surgical ward or operating theater. "The problem with detergent is that, once you have cleaned an area, you only have a certain amount of time that the area stays clean," Kemp said. "What's special about this [Q Bioshield] is, once treated, the surface is active against those bacteria, and remains so."

The spray's components are well known, but they're formulated in a special way so the product sticks to surfaces and thwarts bacteria. "Though the surface is antimicrobial for years, the reality is that places will need to be treated every now and then," Kemp said. "For somewhere like an operating theater, it might be every six months, or for a corridor, 12 months."

An American hospital that tested the spray found that health-care-associated infections dropped a dramatic 70 percent. onathan Stanley, director of the Yorkshire Foot Hospital, said, "We are convinced this makes us the most hygienic place to treat patients in Europe."


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