What comes to mind when you consider visiting a hospital? Your first thought is probably uncertainty about how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in such a high-risk environment. These days, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned hospitals into scary places to visit, but on the bright side, due to the current situation, hospital disinfection is performed more diligently and consistently than ever before. Nonetheless, hospitals and healthcare facilities, in general, need to keep improving their cleaning and disinfection protocols to guarantee patients and their relatives the peace of mind they need when looking for health care services.
How can hospitals disinfect their spaces better? By choosing the most effective disinfection methods available, which, according to experts in the matter, is using special devices like Fogging Machines or variants like dry foggers, electrostatic foggers, and Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers. These devices excel at disinfecting hospitals by dispersing hospital-grade disinfectant quickly and uniformly, providing great coverage, especially in large open spaces. These machines are also considered safer than other common disinfection methods.
Why are Fogging Machines Best for Disinfecting Hospitals?
Fogging machines are portable and can disinfect spaces in the shortest possible time, reducing cost, and providing the best coverage. When paired with hospital-grade disinfectants recommended by Health Canada, these devices can kill viruses (including COVID-19) without harming patients in any way.
Another reason why fogging machines are an excellent choice when it comes to disinfecting is that they provide airborne disinfection. Thanks to their ability to turn any disinfectant solution into microscopic particles, these devices can provide that extra level of protection against contaminants in an environment, purifying the air and getting rid of any odors in the process.
Fogging machines are probably the best tool hospitals can use to make sure their healthcare staff, patients, and visitors can all remain in the same spaces (following social distancing guidelines and wearing personal protective equipment) without risking their health and safety. By disinfecting all surfaces, even those hard-to reach-areas, plus the air that people breathe, they offer the most complete disinfection and sanitation possible with the least cost and effort.
How to Use Fogging Machines for Disinfecting Hospitals
Fogging technology has two popular forms: ULV-type and dry-type fogging. The first one produces a fine spray measured in microns, similar to a mist, that can disinfect surfaces effectively with consistent coverage. Plus, because the fog generated by these devices is microscopic, it doesn’t require wiping afterward as it dries quickly, reducing cleaning time.
On the other hand, dry-type foggers are excellent for areas that need to remain moisture-free due to electronic equipment, delicate fabrics and pieces of clothing, or tableware and cookware. Dry foggers produce even smaller microns of the same disinfectant, producing a fog that penetrates all hard-to-reach areas and even disinfects the air inside a room, eliminating possible odours.
There is a third type of foggers, which are electrostatic. These are ideal to use in large spaces where surfaces need to remain sanitized at all times because their technology allows for long-lasting disinfection. These devices generate an electric charge that powers the disinfectant solution, helping it adhere to surfaces.
Best Fogging Machines for Disinfecting Hospitals
There are a few different types of fogging devices that are best suited for disinfecting hospitals. Here are the most popular fogging machines for this essential disinfecting task:
- Cordless Portable Fogger: Features a rechargeable battery for convenient, on-the-go fogging.
- Heavy Duty ULV Fogger: Excellent for open spaces and high-traffic areas.
- Disinfecto Electrostatic Sprayer: Lightweight handheld sprayer that provides efficient and cost-effective disinfection.
- Nano Atomizer: Thermal fogger, ideal for liquid-sensitive areas.
All of these models are excellent for disinfecting hospitals because they offer multiple efficiency levels for the different types of environments in healthcare facilities, plus they are safe to use around adult, elderly and child patients, as well as doctors, with no health risks. However, some of these fogging machines are better than others and have been highly recommended by experts due to their special capabilities.
Here are more in-depth details about the top 3 recommended fogging machines for disinfecting hospitals:
The first recommended device for disinfecting hospitals is the Heavy Duty ULV Fogger. It stands out from the rest because of its size design and its adjustable output, so users can determine how much of the solution is emitted. This ULV cold fogger also has a blower that expels a large volume of air, which is not only great for disinfecting, but also for drying surfaces. Additionally, it features a 3-liter tank, allowing it to easily tackle larger spaces. Plus, it is a versatile fogger, not only effective for the application of disinfectants, but also pesticides, and products for mold and mildew control. Overall, the Heavy Duty ULV fogger is ideal for large spaces like hospital corridors, waiting rooms, or cafeterias.
The second one is the Disinfecto Electrostatic Sprayer, an innovative and easy-to-use handheld sprayer that weighs a little over 2 pounds and is powerful enough to provide excellent coverage thanks to its adjustable atomization feature that allows you to switch from a 60-um to a 120-um droplet diameter. This, combined with its flow rate of 4.2 oz per minute, its 500ml solution tank, and its electrostatic generator for improved uniformity of droplets and surface coverage; gives you the most convenient and cost-effective disinfection performance. The Disinfecto is a good, budget-friendly device that offers deep disinfecting and sanitizing power, perfect for all hospital areas.
The third and last most recommended device for disinfecting hospitals is the Nano Atomizer, the ultimate dry fogger, ideal for quick and easy disinfection of smaller spaces like examination rooms in hospitals after each patient. It has a net weight of 1.7 kg, making it easy to handle, and it can disinfect approximately 60 square feet before needing a refill. This thermal fogger produces a dry fog, so it is the best option for liquid-sensitive areas like labs or operating rooms. When paired with a hospital-grade disinfectant, this handheld device is able to kill 99.99% of viruses and bacteria, sterilizing all kinds of surfaces from a distance of 1.5-4 meters.
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