Here’s an interesting letter we received at Tovatech.
Our kids come home from school with all kinds of advice on how to guard against infections. And the messages are stronger what with the concern about Swine Flu. So I asked our doctor what he uses to help avoid transmitting infections between patients, especially since we have an invalid in the house.
He suggested we think about getting an ultrasonic cleaner, which he said is unsurpassed as a means from removing contaminants that stick to personal care items. When I told my husband he expressed skepticism, equating the technique with industrial applications, not home healthcare.
A Google search brought up Elma Ultrasonic and their nifty little “Elmasonic One” for use in the home as a personal hygiene center. I decided to get smart about ultrasonic cleaning so I could convince my husband (and myself) that this would be a good idea.
The more I read, the better I felt. This technology uses transducers to create ultrasound, which are frequencies above the hearing range. The transducers are attached to underside of a small cleaning tank. When activated they create billions of microscopic bubbles in the supplied cleaning solution. Personal items such as scissors, nail trimmers, dentures, toothbrushes and other instruments are placed in a tray that is immersed in the solution. When the bubbles come in contact with the tray’s contents they implode and literally blast away any adhering contaminants. They penetrate even the smallest cracks and crevices. When the cycle is completed contents can be removed, rinsed and are ready for reuse.
I was more convinced when I learned that ultrasonic cleaning is far superior to soaking and scrubbing according to the World Health Organization guideline for infection control. And while it is not a substitute for disinfecting and sterilizing, it is much more effective than washing off medical instruments in hot water.
The compact Elmasonic One unit comes with a plastic basket and hinged cover. The accompanying instruction manual provides all the details needed including the tip that the unit can also be used for cleaning glasses, coins, and jewelry. It’s very easy to use.
We were convinced. And while we’re the first on our block with such a device, we probably won’t be the last as our kids brag about our high-tech tool for home healthcare.