Kinnos Publishes Paper Demonstrating Highlight® Reduces Bleach Wipe Corrosion on Stainless Steel
New York, September 24, 2018 – Kinnos Inc. today published a short report in the Journal of Hospital Infection. The study, conducted with funding from the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, quantified the effects of two commercially available bleach wipes on causing corrosion of stainless steel, a commonly used material in the healthcare setting. In this study, Kinnos also demonstrates that the use of Highlight® in combination with the commercially available bleach wipes significantly reduces their corrosion rate. Highlight® colorizes bleach disinfectants to visualize full coverage and fades in color to provide real-time feedback for when the contact time has been met and decontamination is complete.
"The compatibility of disinfectants with surfaces and equipment is an increasingly important consideration for healthcare facilities," said Kevin Tyan, the lead author of the study and Chief Technology Officer at Kinnos. “While bleach wipes are widely used due to their ability to kill resilient C. difficile spores, it is well known in industry that bleach can damage surfaces like stainless steel. To our knowledge, we are among the first to quantify the corrosion rate of bleach wipes on stainless steel and were pleased to find that Highlight® significantly mitigates the corrosiveness of bleach."
Using a novel method adapted from standard ASTM protocols, the study found that the two commercially available bleach wipes alone caused severe corrosion (>5 mpy) while the addition of Highlight® both significantly reduced corrosion rate (<2 mpy) and prevented discoloration of the metal. "The results indicate that Highlight® can alleviate concerns around the surface compatibility of bleach wipes, enabling them to be used as a viable long-term solution for environmental cleaning in healthcare settings," said Tyan.
About Kinnos Inc.
Kinnos (Brooklyn, NY) develops tools that raise the standard of infection prevention to protect patients, health workers, and the general public from infections. Their first product, Highlight®, is a patented point-of-use additive that greatly improves visibility, coverage, and end-user compliance of disinfectants. Highlight® is used by HazMat and biosafety units, was a winner of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, and has been field-tested by NGOs and health workers in Liberia, Guinea, and Haiti. Highlight® will soon be available for bleach wipes in hospitals. For more information, visit: www.kinnos.us