Hospital begins producing COVID killing disinfectant

Hospital begins producing  COVID killing disinfectant
Don Peterson of Noble Health discusses the benefits of Danolyte as a disinfectant. Audrain Community Hospital installed a Danolyte generator that can create enough for hospital use as well as for home use by area residents. [Dave Faries]
Dave Faries

Danolyte is a powerful disinfectant. It tastes like a thinned out blend of seawater and municipal swimming pool.

As Noble Health executive chairman Don Peterson demonstrated on Thursday, one can try a sample of the hospital grade product without worry, other its astringent nature.

“Now, it’s not authorized for that use,” he added with a smile.

Yet Peterson sprayed a small amount of the solution into his mouth as evidence of its safety. Audrain Community Hospital recently became the second hospital in the Midwest to install a Danolyte system. It’s properties are derived from salt and water, but the generator separates sodium from chlorides in salt crystals to create a solution that is neither toxic nor corrosive and is 100 times more effective than bleach at killing pathogens.

“It’s an incredible product that’s perfectly safe,” Peterson said. “It has no aggregate problems.”

Purchased as a prepackaged product, Danolyte can be expensive. The generator will allow the hospital to produce 200 liters a day. Because it kills the hardiest microbes, from legionella and influenza to COVID-19, the hospital will use it to sanitize rooms and equipment.

But 200 liters a day is more than the facility requires. So beginning tomorrow, June 17, the hospital will make Danolyte available to all residents and businesses in Audrain and surrounding counties.

Funding to secure the generator became available in Phase Three of the county’s CARES distribution. The Audrain Community Hospital Foundation and the County Commissioners worked together to achieve the necessary funds.

“Thanks to their commitment to our organization, we will be able to provide and effective cleaning solution to our entire county at no cost to the recipients,” said the foundation’s development manager, Darla Taylor.

The product has been approved by the FDA — it is safe for food preparation surfaces — USDA, OSHA and the National Science Foundation and is on the EPA’s N-List of products for use against the coronavirus.

“There’s nothing like it on the market,” Peterson observed.

Noble Health installed the same system a year ago at its Callaway Community Hospital in Fulton. As the pandemic began to spread, they shared the solution with first responders, schools and businesses.
Yet Peterson notes that the chlorides in the solution are volatile and evaporate quickly.

“What that means is once you open the lid, it’s gone in a matter of hours,” he said. “It has a short shelf life.”

With the help of the foundation, the hospital purchased two backpack and two hand held sprayers, which will extend the usefulness of Danolyte. At the demonstration on Thursday hospital staff members filled spray bottles for home use.
Peterson said the hospital would loan the backback sprayers to local businesses as circumstances allow.

He also admitted that at home he rinses fruit in a diluted Danolyte solution and it remains fresh a week longer than normal.

Again, he added with a smile, “that’s not an authorized use.”


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