Ozone Used as a Disinfectant in Hospitals
To Kill Germs and Mold
Healthcare facilities use various methods of cleaning,
sterilization, disinfection and hand hygiene.... Methods outlined in the
Centers for Disease Controlís Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization
in Healthcare Facilities include the use of Ozone. Ozone gas has been
concluded to be an effective disinfectant of almost all the known pathogens
causing hospital (acquired) infections.
Ozone can be used as a powerful oxidant for sanitizing
surfaces and floating air particles because it kills pathogens faster than
many other oxidants and it decomposes back to oxygen, leaving nothing to
clean up. The disinfection of Ozone is based on the high oxidative effect
that is inherent to ozone on the cell components of target microorganisms.
Disinfection effects on cells and fungi, and inactivation of viruses are
based on the fact that various biological cells and particles in
microorganisms are directly oxidatively decomposed by ozone and undergo
serious cell deterioration and destruction. This renders the microorganisms
impossible to breed and survive. When exposed to ozone, cell walls rupture
and disintegrate (cell lysis). Ozone has been shown to be effective in the
disinfection of bacteria, molds, fungus, spores, biofilms and viruses.