Hypochlorous Acid for Definitive Terminal Cleaning of the Hospital Environment

by Dorris Dimmit, MPH, CIC

ICT:Infection Control Today, June 9, 2014

Alternative disinfection technology utilizing a product derived from saline and electricity, “superoxidized water,” produces a cidal activity 50 to 100 times that of household bleach, addressing growing resistance issues of standard terminal cleaning agents. Electrolyzed sodium hypochlorous acid (HOCL), produces an efficient disinfecting adjunct to standard terminal cleaning and provides many advantages in optimizing infection prevention in the hospital environment.(1)

Due to the neutral pH of the HOCL, it is non-toxic, does not leave residue on environmental surfaces, and is not corrosive to hospital equipment as traditional bleach and phenolics have long demonstrated.(2)

  1. Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Are Room Decontamination Units Needed to Prevent Transmission of Environmental Pathogens? Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2011;32:8. pp.743-747.
    2. Fertelli D, Cadnum JL, Nerandzic MM, Sitzlar B, Kundrapu S, donskey CJ. Effectiveness of an Electrochemically Activated Saline solution for Disinfection of Hospital Equipment. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2013; 34. pp. 543-544.