Industry Trade Articles

Surface Disinfectants and Label Claims: Realistically can Contact Times be met to Achieve Antimicrobial Efficacy?

Navid Omidbakhsh, B.Sc | CJIC Vol 23 No 1, pg 49.

The objective of the study was the determine the efficacy of several different disinfectant chemistries against common pathogens using a realistic contact time for each chemistry based on its evaporation rate and compare the results to the efficacy claims listed on the product’s label.

AHP® Featured in the Merck Manual

Mark L. Wickstrom , DVM, MS, PhD | Merck's Manual of the Materia Medica.

Accelerated Hyrdogen Peroxide® is featured in the Merck Manual, with an entry by Mark L. Wickstrom, DVM, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

4 Things You Need To Consider Before Choosing a Disinfectant.

Olivia Lattimore, BHSc. | Dental Facilities

With so many disinfectant products available on the market, choosing a disinfectant that suits a facility’s needs and that meets current infection control guideline requirements can be a daunting task. Since the inception of the Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) technology in 1998, the focus has been on developing disinfectants that not only meet infection control guideline requirements but also meet key decision making criteria, which are cleaning efficiency, germicidal activity, personal health and safety, environmental sustainability and material compatibility.

A spotless record. Best practices for cleaning, disinfection of environmental surfaces to control HAIs.

Nicole Kenny, BSc, Assoc. Chem

Keeping an institution clean used to be a fairly straightforward process that was entrusted to the housekeeping department. Few were concerned with how it got done so long as it did. However, with the emergence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), tremendous pressure has been placed on healthcare organizations, particularly environmental services departments, to ensure their facilities are properly cleaned and disinfected.

Industry Roundtable: Sporicides, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds and Advanced Hydrogen Peroxide

Industry Roundtable | Executive Insight

For this industry roundtable, ICT invited manufacturers to provide information on sporicides, quaternary ammonium and advanced hydrogen peroxide, to assist infection preventionists, environmental services personnel and purchasing managers in making product-evaluation decisions.

How to Select an Ideal Disinfectant

Lee Nesbitt, BMSc | Infection Control Today (ICT)

With the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), etc. and more virulent strains of well-known pathogens such as Clostridium difficile, the utilization of appropriate disinfectant products has become exceedingly important. However, there is much more to consider than simply if the product carries effectiveness against a particular organism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities” (2008) has identified several of the key criteria that should be carefully measured when evaluating a disinfectant product or chemistry.

The Truth Behind Surfactants

Navid Omidbakhsh, Nicole Kenny, BSc, Assoc. Chem.

Surfactants constitute the most important group of detergent components. They are wetting agents that lower the surface tension of a liquid, allowing easier spreading, and lower the interfacial tension between two liquids. The word surfactant derives from the contraction of the terms surface-active-agents and covers a group of molecules which are able to modify the interfacial properties of the liquids (aqueous or nonaqueous) in which they are present. Surfactants play an important role in many practical applications and products, including detergents, fabric softeners, vaccine formulations, and drug delivery and medical treatment, emulsifiers, paints, adhesives, ink, anti-fogging and wetting agents, ski wax, snowboard wax, foaming and de-foaming agents, biocides (sanitizers) and hair conditioners (after shampoo).

Myths & Facts About Infection Prevention

Nicole Kenny, BSc, Assoc. Chem. | CM Cleaning & Maintenance Management

An article published in 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that in 1995, 88,000 deaths — one death every six minutes — could be attributed to hospital-acquired infections. Today, news of cross-contamination and out-breaks is everywhere. Furthermore, there is a daily list of toxic chemicals that should be avoided, such as bisphenol A in plastic bottles or the linings inside of tin cans or butyl cellosolve, a solvent commonly used in commercial and industrial cleaning and disinfecting products.

A Norwalk Nightmare

Paul Webber | Sanitation Canada

In the midst of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, hundreds of American soldiers became violently ill with what was first thought to be a biological warfare agent. It wasn’t. It was the same bug that takes a regular run at hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hotels and cruise ships – anywhere that people gather. It is the same bug that sidelines trains, airplanes and busses for decontamination. It’s a very tiny little microbe, but it leaves a long and disgusting legacy of vomit and diarrhea . . . and it is particularly active this year.

Disinfection Begins with Proper Selection

Lisa Strickland | CleanRooms

It might not be too dramatic to state that bacteria, viruses, fungi, and specs represent a unique, insidious, and dangerous class of contaminants: unique in that under the right conditions the contamionant population can multiply over; insidious in that these organisms can penetrate into small openings and crevices that can persist for long periods of time; and dangerous in that they can affect human health, so these contaminants must be destroyed and/or removed to achieve the desired cleanliness and aspetic condition. That's the role of disnfectants