TOMI Environmental Solutions
SteraMist is a disinfecting system that uses ionized hydrogen peroxide.
SteraMist is a portable surface disinfection system that uses ionized hydrogen peroxide.
Information for this product was provided courtesy of the WHO’s 2016 Call for Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings.
This product is currently used in the USA, Europe, and China.
Each unit can cost between 18,000 and 53,385 USD.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Trained individuals in the hospital, biomedical, and food service industries.
Users can purchase the system directly from the manufacturer.
Techincal support is provided by the manufacturer.
Maintenance is available through the TOMI Training and Support program.
The product has a one-year warranty.
- Can be used by one operator
- Can be used on hard, non-porous, high touch surfaces
- Kills bacteria and inactivates viruses
- Aerosolized particles behave like a gas for maximum disinfection
The ionized hydrogen peroxide was found to be non-toxic.
TOMI Environmental Solutions, DARPA
The ionized hydrogen peroxide is classified as non-toxic but it is an irritant. PPE should be worn when using the system.
Jiang, Y., Sokorai, K., Pyrgiotakis, G., Demokritou, P., Li, X., Mukhopadhyay, S., Jin, T. and Fan, X., 2017, Cold Plasma-Activated Hydrogen Peroxide Aerosol Inactivates Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, and Listeria innocua and Maintains Quality of Grape Tomato, Spinach and Cantaloupe, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 249, pp. 53–60.
Paxton, H., 2017, Use of Novel Approaches to Reduce Clostridium Difficile in an Inner City Hospital, Infection Control Tips.
Steramist requires continuous attention by the user, thus it may not be appropriate in settings with limited human resources.
- Disinfection takes 5 seconds per square foot
- Room cleaning can be done in 10 minutes (varies by size)
Consumables must be purchased from TOMI (which currently only operates in Europe, North America, and China).
Steramist was awarded by USAID for ‘Improving the Safety of Health Care Workers’ to be used for disinfection to eradicate Ebola and strengthen local healthcare systems.
The deployment of this technology should be coupled with culturally appropriate training methods to ensure safe use.
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