April 22, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about CIMR

How does the CIMR ionized decontaminant process work?

There are lots of gas molecules in the air. Even at 0.02 ppm, there are still 500,000,000,000 hydrogen peroxide gas molecules in a single liter of air at room temperature. That means that the hydrogen peroxide gas molecules are only 1.25 to 1.5 microns apart. Bacteria are about one micron in size, so they can’t move very far without running into several hydrogen peroxide molecules. Viruses can be as small as 0.1 microns, but they will still run into hydrogen peroxide if they move just fifteen times their own length.

The CIMR advantage is based on the fact that hydrogen peroxide molecules are actually attracted to microbes. Like water, hydrogen peroxide has both localized positive charged points (the hydrogen atoms) and localized negative charged points (the oxygen atoms) on each molecule. Therefore, hydrogen peroxide gas molecules are actually attracted to the positive and negative charges on the surface of bacteria, viruses, and molds via electrostatic attraction.

Is CIMR® Infection Control Technology is safe for long term use?

The CIMR process produces a mere 0.02 ppm of hydrogen peroxide gas as by-product … just 1/50th of the amount that OSHA tells us is safe throughout a standard workday. Air containing 0.02 ppm of hydrogen peroxide gas is also safer than outside air containing 0.04 ppm to 0.08 ppm ozone!

As an added benefit, hydrogen peroxide gas helps to control the amount of ozone in the incoming air. If CIMR® Infection Control Technology Units are placed in the air intakes, as air is brought in from outside, hydrogen peroxide gas will react with the ozone to produce oxygen and water vapor, bringing the ozone concentration down to 0.02 ppm in the incoming air.

Does the air treated by CIMR® Infection Control Technology produce odor?

No, none whatsoever. At 0.02 ppm, hydrogen peroxide gas is undetectable by the human nose, so CIMR® Infection Control Technology Units do not produce any odor. CIMR® Infection Control Technology will, however, eliminate some smells by disinfecting molds, mildew, and other microbes that produce unpleasant odors. As odor-producing microbes are disinfected, they will stop producing new odors, and old odors produced before the disinfection will dissipate over time.

Hydrogen peroxide decontamination technology has been around for awhile? What make CIMR Infection Control Technology different?

There are other hydrogen peroxide disinfection processes available but they have limitations. Other hydrogen peroxide processes vaporize liquid hydrogen peroxide solutions to create a mist of water droplets containing hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide mist contains hundreds and sometimes thousands of parts per million of hydrogen peroxide, so they can’t be used in occupied spaces.

Also, vaporized droplets precipitate out of the air, so they have trouble spreading all the way through a facility. But the biggest disadvantage for these systems is that the hydrogen peroxide in the water droplets is surrounded by water. This insulates the hydrogen peroxide molecules in the

droplets and prevents them from being drawn to microbes in the air or on surfaces by electrostatic attraction. That’s the CIMR technology difference.

Hydrogen peroxide gas molecules produced by CIMR® Infection Control Technology are not trapped in water droplets and are able to diffuse through the air like any other gas, even into cracks and crevices.

Because they are not insulated by water molecules, they can be drawn to microbes by electrostatic attraction.

This makes a much smaller amount of hydrogen peroxide gas much, more effective and lets us provide you with an effective infection control technology that can be safely used in occupied spaces.

What scientific validation exists in support of the CIMR Infection Control Technology?

CIMR® Infection Control Technology systems have been in the field for years. They have been used in catastrophic events such as hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Katrina. In all cases, CIMR systems successfully stabilized and remediate the cleanup of indoor spaces.

Kansas State University and Sandia Labs found that hydrogen peroxide gas technology disinfected 99% of the H5N8 Virus on surfaces within two hours of operation commencement.

Research conducted by Dr. James Marsden of Kansas State University determined that the hydrogen peroxide gas technology disinfected surfaces contaminated with MRSA (Methycillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), nonresistant Staphylococcus Aureus, E-Coli, Listeria Monocytogenes, Candida Albicans, Stachybotrus Chartarum (black mold), Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, and Bacillus. This study demonstrated microbial reduction on contaminated surfaces by 96.4% to 99.9% within the first 24 hours.