How to Sanitize Hands Without Washing Them and Without Using Chemicals: Cold Plasma

It has been accepted that hand washing is the easiest and most effective way to stop the spread of germs.  According to the CDC in Atlanta, there is a correct way to wash hands.  Rub hands together with soap, up past the wrists, between the fingers and under the nails, preferably with a nail brush for 20 seconds.  How many people actually do this?  The numbers are astounding.

The American Society of Microbiology conducted a study of people washing hands during the mid-2000’s.  They concluded of the 97% of adult female test subjects who said they washed their hands, only 75% actually did.   Even worse, of the 92% of adult male test subjects who said they washed their hands, only 58% were observed to actually wash.  The same study revealed  50% of middle and high school students said they wash,  but in reality only 33% of females and 8% of males used soap while washing hands. 1

Another study from Michigan State University, which was one of the first to take into account whether the subjects used soap and the duration of hand washing, had even worse findings.  The subjects were observed in bars, restaurants and other public places.  15% of men and 7% of women did not wash their hands at all.   When they did wash their hands, only 50% of men and 78% of women used soap.   Remember the CDC’s recommendation on how to wash hands?  In this study, most people were found to only wash hands for about 6 seconds.  It was concluded only 5% of the over 4000 subjects washed their hands correctly.2

In order to stay healthy and not spread diseases and pathogens, hand washing is a must.  But research suggests that children and adults alike do not wash hands correctly.  Four years ago The American Society of Microbiology started a “Clean Hands Campaign” in certain cities to educate people about the importance of hand washing to stop the spread of colds, diarrhea and other infectious diseases.  The study showed that after four years of campaigning, Americans actually washed hands less than before the campaign.  The “Clean Hands Campaign” was a complete failure.  To the microbiology society, made up of infection control experts, this is a serious problem.  “Fifteen seconds of soap and water and rubbing your hands is a wonderful way to get germs off.  We are not making a lot of progress,” said microbiologist Judy Daly of Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, the society’s secretary. 3

It seems that although people know that hand washing is important to stave off germs and bacteria, they do not do it correctly.  What can we do about the spread of pathogens in our society that are making us sick?  We are in luck.  Amazing studies around the world have been proving a natural phenomenon called cold plasma can actually kill harmful pathogens in our environment.   Plasma is considered to be the fourth stage of matter.  As matter heats, it changes from a solid to liquid to gas to plasma.  Plasma is simply a gas in which a proportion of the particles are ionized.   Studies have shown the potential of plasma in surgical settings including disinfection, treatment of burns and chronic wounds, control of bleeding and tissue welding.4

The Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow studied how well cold plasma would work against microbes that lead to infections.  They used a cold plasma “torch”, a pen-like instrument that jets a flame at around 1050 F, in the lab to combat two common bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, which show up frequently in wound infections.  After only 5 minutes, 99% of the bacteria were killed by the torch in a petri dish.5

A company called Peak Surgical has a prototype device called the Plasma Blade that actually uses cold plasma to cut biological tissue.  While the Plasma Blade cuts and cauterizes tissue, it also decontaminates the tissue to fight infection and reduce inflammation, thereby accelerating the healing process.   Peak has tested their Plasma Blade on both retinal tissue and on pig skin with exciting results.7

American Dryer has taken this cold plasma technology and developed a revolutionary new hand dryer called the eXtremeAir cPc (Cold Plasma Clean).  Cold plasma is generated in the dryer and while drying hands in warm air, it actually disinfects the hands, too.  Pathogens like E. coli, staph, MRSA and TB are killed while simply drying hands.  Think of the possibilities!  Simply wetting hands and drying them will kill 96% of germs off hands.  The spread of germs will make a significant drop, if people use the eXtremeAir cPc to dry hands in the workplace and schools.  Think of public venues like sport arenas and concerts, where thousands of people congregate, becoming less contaminated! 

Let’s put an eXtremeAir cPc hand dryer into the study from Michigan State University.  15% of men and 7% of women will still spread germs by touching objects, because they bypassed the washing station completely.  But, the rest of the people using the cold plasma hand dryer will have killed germs even without washing hands properly.  That means 85% of men and 93% of women will have passed the wash test, instead of the 5% from the original study.  Colds, flu and bacterial diseases would decrease significantly because the germs are being killed before they can spread.

The eXtremeAir cPc is the next generation of the eXtremeAir.  It still has all the same attributes that it is known for, such as smart multi-voltage, hands free sensor, and an adjustable motor for speed and sound levels.   Now, it has the capability to kill germs before they can spread in our environment. 

ProDryers is excited to add the new eXtremeAir cPc to our extensive line of quality hand dryersProDryers is a trusted master distributor of quality hand dryers and over 2500 restroom products.  Buy all hand dryers at the absolute best prices with free shipping.  Get the best deals on all major brands such as the American Dryer ExtremeAir, Dyson Airblade, the Excel Dryer Xlerator hand dryer, World Dryer and much more.

 

  1. http://www.health.state.mn.us/handhygiene/stats/statistics.html
  2. http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/eww-only-5-percent-wash-hands-correctly/
  3. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117956
  4. http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130508-910796.html
  5. http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotechnology/cold-plasma-kills-bacteria-better-than-antibiotics.htmhttp://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/2012/12/16/chilling-out-with-cold-plasmas/
  6. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/2012/12/16/chilling-out-with-cold-plasmas/

 

 

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