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Bactronix Free Testing Determines if Schools and Other Public Facilities Are at Risk of Infectious Disease Outbreaks
By Vanessa Orr

It's that time of year again. You send your children to school and they come home sick—and then your whole family is down for the count. Once you're well, it's only a matter of time until someone catches another bug…and it starts all over again.

Any time there are a lot of people congregating in one place, such as in schools, public medical facilities, nursing homes or senior living communities, the chance of picking up a virus or transferring bacteria is multiplied. Not only is it difficult to keep these places clean, but with so much traffic, germs are reintroduced almost as quickly as they are removed.

To prevent this contamination, and even more important, to prevent an infectious disease outbreak among students or frail seniors, organizations must take a proactive approach to their cleaning and disinfecting processes.
"It's a grave concern," said Bactronix Corp. Vice President Vincent J. Valicenti. "When we test an individual's home, we often find very high contamination numbers, and that's just from parents and their children. Just imagine what happens when you multiply that by 2,500 children in a school."

"The kind of contamination you find in homes, you find in much bigger ways in public institutions," added Bactronix Corp. Vice President A.J. Powell. "A school is like a home on steroids."

But how do facilities determine if they are at risk? "We offer free testing to schools, medical facilities, nursing homes, senior living communities and other public institutions," said Joseph P. Kleynjans, president and CEO of Bactronix Corp. "If they already have a prevention program in place, this can tell them if it's working. If our testing shows an unsafe level of contamination, they can hire us to disinfect their facility, or they can buy our equipment and we will train and certify their staff to do it internally.

"What you can't measure, you can't manage," he added. "If you don't know the level of contamination, how do you know if your children or your loved ones are in a safe environment?"

Bactronix uses scientifically designed, non-toxic products including BactroKill™, to destroy dangerous microbes, and BactroBlock™, which permanently bonds to treated surfaces, inhibiting the growth of mold, mildew, algae and bacteria, and providing residual protection to prevent re-contamination.

"Because our products are non-toxic, we can disinfect a facility safely and quickly without having to remove people from the building or come in after hours," said Valicenti.

Contamination can occur anywhere, including in cafeterias, bathrooms, common areas and more. "For example, there are so many surfaces in schools where bacteria like MRSA can be found—everywhere from wrestling mats to shower rooms—even the artificial turf on fields can harbor these organisms," said Valicenti.

"One of the biggest incubators for microbial migration is school buses," added Powell. "Kids walk through, hold on to the seats,  and pick up whatever the other kids have. The bus system has to be a part of the biological analysis."
While public facilities are often harnessed by limited budgets, having a healthy building can save money in the long run. "Sick building syndrome is one of the biggest reasons for absenteeism," said Powell. "If 10 or 15 percent of a school's faculty is out sick, for example, you are paying for subs as well as sick days."

Bactronix has already worked with several school districts in the area to deal with reoccurring mold issues, and has designed cost-effective programs with public facilities in mind. "We are willing to work with consortiums of school districts to help them save money; it doesn't have to be expensive," said Valicenti, adding that Bactronix also has programs in place in a number of medical and senior facilities.

The costs of not taking a proactive approach can be far worse. "If a facility takes a proactive approach, they are playing it safe. But if they are reactive, the question is, do they have a rapid response program in place in case of MRSA or whooping cough outbreaks?" asked Kleynjans. "In most cases, facilities are not prepared to deal with an infectious disease outbreak."

"In the long run, this is really about self-help," Powell added. "Not only are you reducing the chance of an outbreak, but you have records on file showing the reduction in bio levels, which may even result in a reduction of premiums on risk-management policies."

One added advantage is that facilities certified as compliant through Bactronix will meet the requirements of House Resolution 358, a resolution passed by the PA legislature which recommends that public facilities be tested two times a year to prove that they have a clean bill of health.

For more information about the Bactronizing Process and products, visit www.bactronix.com or call 412-375-7886.

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