The bacterial contamination can be one of the major issues in healthcare facilities, food industry, agriculture and water management. The problem has been highly addressed for hospitals and clinics, where objects/instruments, surfaces and healthcare workers are likely to get colonized with diverse groups of antibiotic resistant microbial agents that results into increased morbidity and mortality. A systemic review has estimated the prevalence of hospital acquired infections to be 7.6% in high income countries and 10.1% in low and middle income countries.
The current gold standard to address the problem is to use chemicals that can be damaging to electronic equipment and medical or other devices, may require removal after its’ application and can be hazardous to cleaning personnel and the environment.
EPS uses more gentle and environmently friendly approach by offering phage based decontamination.
To address a specific contamination event under different environmental settings, the EPS offers:
To analyze samples from an infected area, to identify the pathogen that is a major cause of the microbial contamination.
To select and prepare specific phages that are most effective at destroying the identified bacteria.
To decontaminate the environment using selected specific phages.
To check the quality of decontamination by searching for residual contaminant in the setting.
The narrow specificity of phages is an advantage over the broad-spectrum approach associated with chemicals that kill everything. Adaptation of the phage mixtures based on test results of the contaminated area can ensure that all strains of the pathogen are destroyed without damage to ambient non-pathogenic strains.
Our approach can be used to decontaminate different healthcare settings, gyms and other fitness indoor facilities, surfaces, equipment and various products in the food industry, animal feeds, farms and any areas with bacterial contamination.