What is Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™)?
BIT™ is a patented two-step process that activates a less than 8% hydrogen peroxide solution producing a fine mist (AIHP) that contains a high concentration of Reactive Oxidative Species (ROS).
What is Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (AIHP)?
When BIT™ Solution is passed through TOMI’s Atmospheric Cold Plasma Arc it becomes ionized, creating an Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (AIHP) mist/fog that allows the ROS to exist in high concentrations without rapidly recombining and losing their reactivity.
What is the difference between Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide (AIHP) and Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP), Activated Hydrogen Peroxide (aHP) and Hydrogen Peroxide Vapour (HPV)?
After the two-step BIT™ process, the AIHP contains a high concentration of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) which begins to react on contact deactivating problem microorganisms leaving no residue or noxious fumes, converting to oxygen and water (humidity). AIHP has short application, contact, and aeriation times and is safe for use on all electronic and medical equipment.
VHP is a high concentration (35%) hydrogen peroxide dry vapor that is highly corrosive, highly dependent on controlled humidity (RH), and not for use as a high-level disinfectant for reprocessing of critical or semi-critical medical devices.
aHP is a hydrogen peroxide and Silver anion solution that can cause buildup or residue with multiple uses and has limited room treatment/application parameters.
HPV also a high concentration H202 (30%), is considered HAZMAT, and due to lengthy treatment times, is highly corrosive on metals and other materials.
How does SteraMist compare to UV light?
SteraMist’s AIHP goes everywhere – up, in, and around. UV is direct line of sight, like a light bulb. SteraMist carries the same concentrated ROS throughout the room, UV loses strength the further from the light bulb. Shadows from furniture and equipment cause major issues. To combat this, operators will use reflective paint, multiple lights, or move equipment around to reduce the chance of missing an area. This requires an extra investment of time, personnel, and effort, but also of money – UV systems can be quite expensive.
How can it save me/my company money?
The total cost to treat HAI patients is between $35.7 billion and $45 billion in the US alone. Hospitals that score in the bottom 25 percent for preventable harm will lose 1 percent of their own incoming Medicare payments as per the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, according to Modern Healthcare. In 2015, 724 facilities scored in that range – good for roughly $330 million in deductions. Not only that, but in 2015 Medicare is expected to penalize a record 2,610 hospitals for allowing too many re-admissions due to HAIs in a 30-day window.
SteraMist™ BIT™ is an economical, safe solution that is easily incorporated onto current cleaning protocols and can lower healthcare-related infection rates as proven in test hospitals, both domestically and internationally.
How hard it is it to use? Does it replace traditional Cleaning?
No, a regular terminal clean is performed manually, however these manual terminal cleans are leaving 30-60 percent of the organisms behind and they are resulting in over 40 billion dollars wasted in the U.S. Healthcare system alone. SteraMist’s AIHP reduces that 30-60 percent left behind.
What staff will I need to use the program?
Once trained on the easy operating procedures, you can use your existing staff or contact the TOMI Service Network (TSN) for information on rapid response infection prevention specialists in your area.
Is there a warranty?
There is a one year manufacture defect warranty.
What is the regular care and maintenance?
Daily inspection and cleaning of any dust or soil on the equipment. Annually, have the equipment re-calibrated by a TOMI™ factory trained technician. This may be able to be done on site or can be coordinated with a loaner exchange so that you will not be without your SteraMist™ BIT™ equipment.
Is it safe to use on sterile packaging?
It is not approved for semi-critical or critical equipment yet, we are pursuing those registrations.
Does it damage materials or equipment?
SteraMist’s AIHP is does not damage medical equipment or electronics. After thousands of hours of application there are no material incompatibilities.