Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Coronavirus Cure, or At Least Preventative? Canadian Firm Ondine Having Success with New Treatment at Edmonton Nursing Home



I’m not going to start running a bunch of stories about potential cures for COVID 19, but this seemed like it has some value.

Canadian health care firm Ondine Biomedical is having success with a nasal treatment for MRSA and other pathogens. The laser like treatment for the nose is said to be stopping the spread of disease, and may be useful for preventing if not curing coronavirus.

At a time when a number of different methods are being tested for use on coronavirus/COVID 19, it might not be a bad idea for our own health officials to check out this process, called Steriwave. Yesterday I spoke to Izabella Roth, who runs the Edmonton, Alberta nursing home called Westmount. They’ve been using Steriwave for their staff and finding excellent results.

A story about Ondine and Westmount first appeared on Canada’s Global News site on March 14th. “Have we proven this? No. This is a brand new virus and a brand new problem, but we think that having a really important and effective nasal decolonization tool is going to make a difference, we will have to study what that means and we are going to have to look at what that does for the infection rates,” Ondine Biomedical CEO Carolyn Cross said in the report.

Steriwave was invented more than 10 years ago to reduce surgical infections, and the company says those infections have been reduced by 80 per cent in the last decade.

Cross is no lightweight. She has a strong CV and 25 years’ experience running Canadian corporations.

According to a press release about Steriwave:

“The 6-minute treatment involves swabbing the nose with a blue gel (photosensitizer) followed by illumination with a red light for a few minutes. The protocol – applied by an LPN or RN nursing staff trained by the Ondine team – is intended to
build on infection control strategies (such as handwashing, social distancing, environmental controls) already in place.”
Can any of this be helpful to us now? I’m told there are more headlines coming from Ondine shortly. Click on the blue tab for Vimeo since there are no embed codes yet for Ondine’s videos.


MRSAid in Vancouver General Hospital from Ondine Biomedical Inc. on Vimeo.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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