And How to Prevent it with TANCS® Technology
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? The answer is: The two cannot exist together. If a force is irresistible, then there is nothing immovable.
Antibiotic-Resistant (AR) germs are not yet irresistible to modern medicine, but they soon may be.
Per the U.S. CDC: “Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem … World health leaders have
described antibiotic resistant microorganisms as ‘nightmare bacteria’ that ‘pose a catastrophic threat’ to people in every country in the world … The loss of effective antibiotics [undermines] our ability to fight infectious diseases.” (Ref. 1)
Society needs an immovable strategy to block the growing resistance of often deadly AR microbes.
Know Thy Enemy, Know Thyself (Ref: Sun tzu, Art of War)
In 2013, CDC conducted an assessment of resistant-bacteria threats (Ref. 1) categorizing the threat level of each as urgent, serious, or concerning:
- Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)
- Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
- Drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae (cephalosporin resistance)
- Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter
- Drug-resistant Campylobacter
- Extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBLs)
- Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
- Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Drug-resistant Non-typhoidal Salmonella
- Drug-resistant Salmonella Typhi
- Drug-resistant Shigella
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia
- Drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR and XDR)
- Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA)
- Erythromycin-resistant Group A Streptococcus
- Clindamycin-resistant Group B Streptococcus
Society itself has largely created the AR-bacteria problem by the widespread but unnecessary use of antibiotics in animal feed, and by overprescribing growingly-ineffective antibiotics for human illness. (Ref. 1)
What to Do?
Per CDC, four steps will help: 1) Preventing infections and preventing the spread of resistance, 2) Tracking resistant bacteria, 3) Improving the use of today’s antibiotics, and 4) Promoting the development of new antibiotics and new diagnostic tests for resistant bacteria. Of the four, only the first one is within the control of cleaning professionals (“Preventing infections and preventing the spread of resistance”).
While handwashing is the number one but often-neglected way to help prevent vector or fomite-transmitted illness, a close second is cleaning and disinfecting environment surfaces.
The problem with the latter is that chemical disinfectants themselves are often unhealthy to handle and use−many containing endocrine-disrupting, asthma-triggering, and other hazardous ingredients. Also, they are rarely used effectively, and are themselves suspected of causing AR. (Ref. 2)
Medical News Today found drug-resistant Enterococcus faecium is now a major cause of hospital-acquired infections due to resistance to alcohol-based hand rubs, per a study in Science Translational Medicine. The study noted: “These findings suggest bacterial adaptation is complicating infection control recommendations, necessitating additional procedures to prevent E. faecium from spreading in hospital settings.” (Ref. 3, 4)
Also, as a defense mechanism, bacteria in colonies produce a three-dimensional polymeric matrix called a biofilm that displays a “marked resistance to disinfectants.” (Ref. 5)
TANCS – an Irresistible Force Against Germs
The TANCS Saturated Steam Vapor (SSV) system by Advanced Vapor Technologies (AVT) stands alone as an unstoppable force against germs, including resistant ones and those within biofilms.
Applying hot, low-moisture, saturated steam vapor to surfaces is the single most studied and proven technique to clean and disinfect surfaces without the use of chemicals. It’s been widely and repeatedly shown to deep clean and kill pathogens within seconds of contact time (Ref. 6), and has no equal in performance based on:
- Time savings to clean and eliminate germs (99.999% in seconds not minutes)
- Public health impact (water-only, zero hazardous ingredients, enabling deep cleaning and rapid germ kill without harmful exposures)
- Biofilm destruction−obliterating microbial biofilms and embedded germs within 3 seconds (Ref. 7)
- Zero resistance of germs−nothing survives to develop resistance.
When the AVT TANCS system meets microbes, it proves to be an irresistible force against deadly pathogens.
1. Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, CDC,2013
2. Antiseptics and Disinfectants: Activity, Action, and Resistance, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 1999
3. Bacteria are becoming resistant to alcohol-based disinfectants, Medical News Today, 2018
4. Increasing tolerance of hospital Enterococcus faecium to handwash alcohols, Science Translational Medicine, 2018
5. Resistance of bacterial biofilms to disinfectants: a review, The Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research, 2011
6. Advanced Vapor Technologies, 3rd Party Data, retrieved 2018
7. Use of a Novel Steam Vapor System for Disinfection of Biofilms on Environmental Surfaces, Chuanwu “Wu” Xi, PhD report, retrieved 2018 MondoVap® Institutional Model