How Can We Fight Superbugs?

04.09.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

superbugsgermsSuperbugs, or disease causing microbacterium are everywhere you turn. That door knob you just touched might have had any number of invisible bacterium covering its surface like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), C-Diff (Clostridium difficile), or CRE (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). The problem with these bugs is they are drug resistant.

These superbugs are causing death among nearly 50% of the people who contract them. While these bugs do not typically affect a healthy person, they can harm people who are more susceptible to infections like the elderly, people with pre-existing conditions, and people who are hospitalized, called a nosocomial infection or healthcare related infection.  Essentially, these superbugs feed on the weak and due to their adaptations and evolutionary skill set such drug-resistant bugs are powerful and very life-threatening.

These bugs have been able to do so because too many times doctors will write a prescription for an antibiotic for a patient who most likely could have fought the illness off without it. People fall under the false pretense that if they are sick, all they need is a prescription for an antibiotic, and they will be better. The antibiotic may very well make you better in that case, but now the bugs you weren't as susceptible to before are now getting used to the antibiotic and figuring out how to better fight it and win. Thus causing the evolution of superbugs that are now seriously dangerous and life-threatening.

So, how do we fight these superbugs? One of the very first steps in fighting these bugs is educating yourself and working with your doctor when these illnesses arise, further, evaluating if an antibiotic is really necessary at that point in time. We are not encouraging people to abstain from use of antibiotics, but to weigh the pros and cons in each circumstance of illness.

Second, the best way to fight superbugs is preventing possible exposure to them through disinfection with a powerful oxidizer such as pure chlorine dioxide (ClO2), which works both as a disinfectant and deodorizer. Presenting a killing power of 2.5 times greater than chlorine bleach (not to be confused with chlorine dioxide), peroxide, and ozone, these superbugs are greatly susceptible to chlorine dioxide in such a way that they are unable to build a resistance to its chemical makeup. In summary, pure ClO2   is amongst the best agents of disinfection available in the United States.

Fast facts on Superbugs:

1.     Superbugs may reside on inanimate surfaces and objects for days or even months.

2.     “Infections with these germs are very difficult to treat, and can be deadly—one report cites they can contribute to death in up to 50% of patients who become infected.”—CDC

3.     Good hand-washing is one of the number one ways to prevent the spread of disease.

4.   Superbugs are most commonly spread throughout hospitals and other healthcare facilities. 

5.     Over-use of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers are contributing to the evolution of superbugs.