Hospital Disinfection

Hospital disinfection is critical for the health and well-being of patients, particularly those with compromised immune systems. It is important to consider disinfecting surfaces, water and air. Frequently, the dangers of bacterial contamination of tap water receive insufficient attention. Opening a faucet, flushing the toilet, or taking a shower exposes the patient to airborne bacteria thus generated, in addition to possible infection through direct contact.

Osorno successfully disinfected the complete water systems of the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Calgary South Health Campus using Osorno’s chlorine dioxide disinfection system. The efficiency of both disinfection tasks were confirmed by third party bacterial analyses. Following treatment with chlorine dioxide, all bacterial counts in water samples were negative, and at the timf this writing – ten years later – are still negative.. In both hospital facilities Osorno worked under contract for Lockerbie & Hole, a company of the Aecon Group. Chlorine dioxide was generated using chlorine dioxide generators manufactured by Osorno. The disinfection of the complete water system of a hospital typically takes two weeks. This can be done within permitted concentration levels of chlorine dioxide, so that the normal operation of the hospital is not affected.

Chlorine dioxide is uniquely suited for hospital disinfection – it is persistent in water, including hot water, making it the sole chemical disinfectant efficient against Legionella. Chlorine dioxide acts quickly – at normal usage concentrations, germs are killed within seconds, even if they are multiple-drug resistant (MDR).

For surface or space disinfections, Osorno’s portfolio of disinfectants extends beyond chlorine dioxide – please inquire via our on-line request form.

Every hospital disinfection project is unique and requires special planning and preparation. Osorno offers services and products which target surface and water disinfection. Please complete our on-line request if you are interested in finding out how Osorno can help with your hospital or care home.