Independent Lab Testing Results

Microbac Laboratories, Inc., an independent facility, conducted the testing for Hospital 1, located in Louisville, Kentucky, and Hospital 2, located in Columbus, Ohio. Chestnut Labs, also an independent facility, with offices in Springfield, Missouri, conducted the testing for Hospital 3, located in Joplin, Missouri.
Two to three areas in each hospital including public areas such as the emergency room waiting area and inpatient rooms were evaluated with three to 19 points selected in each room. Swab tests were performed every 15 days over a three-month period in 2010. Each test was monitored by the environmental supervisor of the facility being tested. The swabs were categorized, put on ice and taken to the independent labs to determine the results.

The Hospitals

Hospital 1 is a teaching hospital located near downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The hospital’s emergency room is one of the largest trauma facilities in the country and is able to accommodate up to 86 patients simultaneously. The center is staffed 24-hours a day and admits more than 2,400 patients each year; 40 percent of those are referred from other hospitals throughout the region. No patient numbers were readily available for the inpatient facilities.
As one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States, Hospital 2 is home to the department of pediatrics for a local university medical school. In a typical year, the hospital sees patients from across the country and around the world. Hospital 2 is located in Columbus, Ohio and maintains a medical staff of approximately 950, a hospital staff of 6,800, and delivers pediatric care for almost 823,000 patient visits annually.
Hospital 3, located in Joplin, Missouri, is also a teaching hospital and features a 404-bed, three-hospital system, which includes a comprehensive behavioral health center. The facility has recently completed a $47 million expansion project. Hospital 3 is a member of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Medical Consortium of Oklahoma and the regional Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution and an affiliate of Oklahoma State University-College of Medicine.

Results: Hospital #1

As demonstrated on the following certified reports from Microbac Laboratories, a significant decrease in microbes in all areas treated and tested at Hospital 1 was found. In fact, the average decrease in harmful bacteria and microbes for the three rooms treated and tested at Hospital 1 was 97.85 percent!

The results shown to the left from the Emergency Room Waiting Area of Hospital 1 show a significant decrease in microbes when compared to the baseline sample. Swab tests were conducted every 15 days from January 2010 to May 2010 on three surfaces including two chairs and the vending machine keypad. The total decrease in microbes from the baseline test to the last follow-up test for this room was 97.13 percent.

The results shown to the left from Room 4 on the 5th Floor of Hospital 1 also show a significant decline in microbes when compared to the baseline sample. Swab tests were conducted every 15 days from January 2010 to May 2010 on eight surfaces including the television remote, chair, blood pressure bulb, switch for the night light, drawer handles, thermometer, one wall panel, and underside of the counter lip. The decrease in microbes for this room was an astounding 99.95 percent!

The results shown to the left from Room 9 on the 9th Floor of Hospital 1 continue to show a significant decrease in microbes when compared to the baseline sample. Swab tests were conducted every 15 days from January 2010 to May 2010 on 11 surfaces including the TV remote, chair, drawer handles, bed handrail, controls and tray, IV equipment, outside door handle and frame as well as the frame for the monitor controls. The decrease in microbes for this room was 96.47 percent.

The chart above outlines the data for the baseline and final follow-up testing as well as the total percentage of decrease in microbes for each room tested in Hospital 1.

Results: Hospital #2

As demonstrated on the following certified reports from Microbac Laboratories, a significant decrease in microbes in all areas treated and tested at Hospital 2 was found. The average decrease in harmful bacteria and microbes for the two rooms treated and tested at Hospital 2 was 68.44 percent. This result is lower than generally found in Hospitals 1 and 3. The difference is explained by the notes on the Microbac Laboratories results certificate. Microbac determined the baseline data presented by the previous laboratory was invalid due to poor quality standards. Therefore, calculations for percentage of decrease were completed using the data from the first follow-up rather than the baseline.

The results shown to the left from Room 4009 at Hospital 2 show a significant decrease in microbes. Swab tests were conducted every 15 days from January 2010 to May 2010 on 17 surfaces including the sink handle and drain, telephone, walls, drawer handles, chair, light switch, VCR/Radio/CD controls, door frame, television remote, and the nurse call button. The percentage of decrease in microbes from the first follow-up to the last follow-up test was 66.53 percent.

The results shown to the left from Room 4029 at Hospital 2 show a significant decrease in microbes. Swab tests were conducted every 15 days from January 2010 to May 2010 on 14 surfaces including the sink handle and drain, door handles. light switch, phone, toilet handle, television remote, chair, drawer handles, countertop and wall towel dispenser. The percentage of decrease in microbes from the first follow-up to the last follow-up test was 70.34 percent.

The chart above outlines the data for the first and last follow-up testing as well as the total percentage of decrease in microbes for each room tested in Hospital 2.

Results: Hospital #3

As demonstrated on the following certified reports from Chestnut Labs, a significant decrease in microbes in all areas treated and tested at Hospital 3 was found. In fact, the average decrease in harmful bacteria and microbes for the two rooms treated and tested at Hospital 3 was an astounding 99.84 percent!

The results shown above from Room 272 at Hospital 3 show a significant decrease in microbes. Swab tests were conducted every 15 days from February 2010 to June 2010 on 19 surfaces including the bed rail controls, television control, sink counter, monitor controls, light switch, closet door handle, privacy curtain, toilet surround and handle, chair, bed tray, sliding door handle, chart holder, and windowsill. The microbes in this room decreased by 99.87 percent!

The results shown above from Room 273 at Hospital 3 also show a significant decrease in microbes. Once again, swab tests were conducted every 15 days from February 2010 to June 2010 on 19 surfaces including the bed rail controls, television control, sink counter, monitor controls, light switch, closet door handle, privacy curtain, toilet surround and handle, chair, bed tray, sliding door handle, chart holder, and windowsill. The microbes in this room decreased by 99.81 percent!

The chart above outlines the data for the baseline and final follow-up testing as well as the total percentage of decrease in microbes for each room tested in Hospital 3.

Final Conclusions

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Our EPA registered products are safe for the environment, humans, and pets. They are non-dissipating, non-leaching, non-migrating from the applied substrate and cannot be absorbed by micro-organisms or by humans.

The results presented in this report support RESCA International’s claims regarding its Spar90 product portfolio. Independent laboratory tests from three hospitals in three states show the product to be extremely effective at decreasing the amount of bacteria and other microbes on both porous and non- porous surfaces.

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