Non-battle injuries due to disease still account for the majority of illnesses encountered by military personnel in modern warfare campaigns, such as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Although data reflecting the overall use of military medical treatment facilities during OIF and OEF are not available, the most common presentation to a military treatment clinic in the Middle East was for infectious disease-related illnesses. Traditional battlefield injuries may lead to infectious diseases complications, such as multidrug-resistant wound infection which can be picked up at the treatment location. No matter what type of military operation, contagious diseases are frequently encountered during deployment, risk factors that are modifiable and that can be significantly reduced.
The military conducts missions that range from significant ground combat operations to disaster and humanitarian relief efforts. A primary goal of military medical professionals is disease prevention, which can be made more difficult in the context of short preparation times and prolonged deployment duration. Historically, infectious diseases radically impact military forces and can result in suspension or cancellation of military operations. During military deployments, there is a combination of social, physical, psychological, and environmental factors with sudden exposure to numerous disease agents that can strain the immune defences of immunologically challenged servicemen and servicewomen.
A proper disinfection program & technology can reduce the chance for sickness and also dramatically increase the morale of the servicemen and servicewomen on deployment at home or abroad as well as on training missions.
Infections Are A Big Problem During Military Deployments
Common Pathogens In Military Environments:
E.coli – Bloody Diarrhea And Vomiting
MRSA – Infection, Resistant To Antibiotics
Pseudomonas – Infection to Eyes, Ears, Gastrointestinal Tract
Influenza Viruses – Influeza And Common Cold
Streptococcus – Strep Throat and Skin Infections
Norovirus – Cause of Gastroenteritis
Nanocyn® is ideal for use with the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Nanocyn® At Work In A Real Military Environment:
A military was looking to improve infection control measures to create a healthier environment for their submarines crews, especially during long deployment missions which can take up to 180 days. The submarines are the temporary home for up to 60 sailors which comes with its challenges, primarily due to cramped living conditions and shared lavatory and cooking/food facilities. Although stringent procedures were in place, frequent outbreaks of gastroenteritis and influenza were common, often cutting training exercises short. The challenge for the military was to find a technology that is ready to use, needs no dilution, is non-flammable, non-toxic and especially non-corrosive. The product they were looking for had to be safe to use around people, even while the vessel is diving. It also had to be registered with all the major international regulatory bodies.
MicroSafe worked together with the military to supply the MicroSafe® Disinfectant & Sanitizer (Nanocyn® brand name overseas), along with the fumigation machines. To safe space on the vessel, the military opted for the 5l containers and used these to fill the 1l bottles to use with the trigger sprayers when required. A fumigation procedure was established for the vessel where the bunks, sickbay, lavatory and washing area, as well as kitchen & galley, were to be fumigated & disinfected in regular intervals. MicroSafe arranged for specialised testing to ensure that the product can withstand higher than usual operating temperatures often encountered during deployments in hotter climates.
The procedure has proven to be very successful with no major outbreaks reported since its commencement. Additionally, the food preparation storage areas are now also included in the fumigation procedure to eliminate bacteria from produce. The product use is now being extended to other Navy vessels besides the submarines.
MicroSafe is a registered supplier to NATO.