Quick Tips: Avoiding the Bioslime in the Health Care Facility

01.27.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

bioslime

Bio-slime is a group of microorganisms embedded within proteins, polysaccharides, extracellular substances and other organic matter.

Bio-slime is implicated in many infectious diseases. Bacteria thrive within the slime and can be encapsulated and protected within this environment as well. Hence, there exists a major challenge trying to eliminate some bacteria residing in bio-slime.

The chlorine dioxide molecule has unique chemical characteristics which make it a popular choice to fight both surface level and deep layer bio-slimes. Chlorine dioxide has an inherent "capacity" to remove electrons from organic matter; it is 2.5 times more powerful than peroxide or ozone, which makes it particularly more effective at disrupting and dislodging bio-slime.

However, it is important to note there are many forms of “stabilized’ chlorine dioxide, which mostly consist of corrosive oxy-chloro species and very little actual chlorine dioxide. Therefore, the purity level of chlorine dioxide makes a notable difference: decontamination effectiveness, compatibility, safety.

Recurring use of pure chlorine dioxide helps eliminate layers of bio-slime and can even prevent its reemergence. Other biocides, like peroxide, chlorine bleach, and ozone, may be used with overwhelming concentration, but then present both safety and corrosion issues. 

Below are some tips towards avoiding the bio-slime in the healthcare facilities:

1) Identify choice disinfectant, preferably pure chlorine dioxide, and shock treat surfaces to avoid initial bio-slime attachment.

2) Employ regular surface disinfection to avoid bacterial proliferation, dispersion, and repopulation.

3) Moist and warm environments nurture bio-slime growth and development. It is recommended to thoroughly clean these areas with a bio-based surface degreaser, followed by disinfection.

4) Bio-slime can also grow in extreme environments, from those which are highly acidic to even glaciers. It is recommended to treat all surfaces, not simply high traffic zones, in order to effectively eliminate bio-slime.

5) Pure chlorine dioxide is superior at eliminating bio-slime; its inherent neutral charge, oxidation capacity, and ability to retain its chemical characteristic in both air and water make it the ideal (premier) biocide for any level of disinfection, notably against bio-slime formation and