How does the Med-San® Process destroy viruses?

Viruses are the most abundant type of infectious agent found on Earth and one of the many biological contaminants found in infectious fluid medical waste streams; examples include Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), and Ebola virus.

Med-San® is a patented process that combines the bactericidal and virucidal qualities of copper and silver with a wet oxidation process that destroys infectious agents and pharmaceutical compounds such as endocrine disruptors and other chemical compounds found in infectious fluid surgical waste streams. The combined ion/oxidation process employs variable exposure times and concentration levels capable of producing a 6 - 12 log10 reduction in biological agents that may be found in medical waste streams.

The Ion Infusion stage of the Med-San® process, employed in the Gauntlet™ Disinfection System, is based on the established science of copper (Cu) and silver (Ag) ionization for the disinfection of pathogens, including harmful bacteria and viruses. Both copper and silver poses a broad-spectrum of bactericidal and virucidal capabilities. The Gauntlet™ Disinfection System generates a lethal dose of these charged copper and silver ions through a patented, continuous flow and energy efficient process. The combined impact of copper and silver ions provides for a synergistic disinfection. The positive charge of the copper and silver ions enables them to bond with the negatively charged virus protein surfaces or nucleic acid cores; here they can “alter enzyme structure and function or facilitate hydrolysis or nucleophilic displacement,” (Gerba, Charles P. & Gabriel Bitton. “The molecular mechanisms of copper and silver ion disinfection of bacteria and viruses,” Critical Reviews in Environmental Control, Volume 18, Issue 4, 1989). Additionally, exposures to copper and silver are known to “destroy the replication and propagation abilities,” of viruses. (Han, J, and L. Chen.Efficient and quick inactivation of SARS coronavirus and other microbes exposed to the surfaces of some metal catalysts,” Biomed Environmental Science, Volume 18, Issue 4, 2005.