NDM-1 Superbug Strain Vanquished by Novel Steam Vapor System

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Tests conducted by Texas-based Antimicrobial Test Laboratories (ATL) have demonstrated rapid destruction of the NDM-1 strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria using Advanced Vapor Technologies’ TANCS®-equipped steam vapor units.

The studies we conducted show that the steam vapor device can eradicate NDM-1 Klebsiella on a hard surface within just 2 seconds of contact - much faster than traditional disinfectants," said Benjamin D. Tanner, PhD.

Tests conducted by Texas-based Antimicrobial Test Laboratories (ATL) have demonstrated rapid destruction of the NDM-1 strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria using Advanced Vapor Technologies’ TANCS®-equipped steam vapor units.

"The studies we conducted show that the steam vapor device can eradicate NDM-1 Klebsiella on a hard surface within just 2 seconds of contact - much faster than traditional disinfectants," said Benjamin D. Tanner, PhD, President, Antimicrobial Test Laboratories. "These findings are exciting because ‘shorting’ contact times for liquid disinfectants is a major problem in hospitals, and is undoubtedly responsible for environmental surface conditions leading to many infections."

New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM -1) is a gene that makes bacteria resistant to powerful antibiotics called beta-lactams or carbapenems. According to Brandi Limbago, PhD, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Klebsiella pneumoniae is a type of “gram-negative bacteria that normally lives in our intestines. When not held in check by our body’s normal defenses, these bacteria can cause serious infection. These infections are typically treated with beta-lactams, but when a resistance gene such as NDM-1 gets into the bacteria, the result is a multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) that can be very difficult to treat. The challenge now is motivating the healthcare community to take action, including using antibiotics wisely, following transmission prevention guidelines, and implementing overall infection prevention recommendations.”

A common reason for environmental contamination with an MDRO is the lack of adherence to recommended facility procedures for cleaning and disinfection, according to the CDC.

With fewer chemical cleaners to purchase or manage responsibly, steam vapor sanitation often makes staff maintenance efforts safer, faster, easier and more thorough.

The MondoVap 2400 with TANCS uses tap water, a proprietary water-treatment module and applied nano-technology to generate steam for cleaning and killing pathogens without leaving chemical residue. The low-moisture 6% steam leaves surfaces dry and those areas can be returned to service almost immediately while reducing slip and fall hazards. TANCS steam vapor kills bacteria and germs and emulsifies soil, grease and oil. It also removes deeply embedded contaminants and prevents their re-accumulation. With the TANCS option, the AVT steam vapor system qualifies as a disinfection device under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules.

“We are deeply gratified that our steam vapor models equipped with TANCS have been shown to be effective against NDM-1 and many other superbugs,” said Rick Hoverson, principal of Advanced Vapor Technologies. “We are sharing this proven cleaning and disinfection intervention with healthcare and other facilities across the country with very positive outcomes.”

About Advanced Vapor Technologies

Advanced Vapor Technologies (AVT) is the maker of proprietary, water-only steam vapor cleaning and disinfection systems. AVT systems reduce health risks associated with typical chemical cleaners, eradicate a wide range of bacteria and pathogens, improve indoor environmental quality and help prevent indoor hazards and surface degradation associated with chemical use.

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