Technical Bulletins

2009 Guide to Hygiene and Sanitation in Aviation

Virox Technologies Inc. | World Health Organization

This document was developed by a panel of experts from around the globe in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) for aviation transport providers to address the various sanitary requirements within the aircraft and airports. Particular attention is paid to the cleaning and disinfection requirements for effective infection prevention and the criteria with which cleaning and disinfectant products should be chosen. Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) performs exceptionally well within each category. AHP strikes a balance between rapid, broad spectrum germicidal efficacy and maintenance of an exceptional personal health and environmental profile. In fact, on page 39 of the document reference is made to hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectants containing surfactants and chelating agents (AHP) which are reporting excellent results in other industries.

Cleaning assessment of disinfectant cleaning wipes on an external surface of a medical device contaminated with artificial blood or Streptococcus pneumoniae

Gold K., and Hitchins V. | Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Improperly cleaned, disinfected, or sterilized reusable medical devices are a critical cause of health care-associated infections. Device-associated HAIs (DA-HAIs) are among the main causes of patient morbidity and mortality within hospital intensive care units. It has also been suggested that DA-HAIs account for 60-80% of all bloodstream, urinary tract, and pneumonia-related HAIs, signifying a need for new infection control measures to reduce the involvement of medical devices in such infections. One of the critical issues that need to be considered when designing new infection control measures is the influence of physical design and materials used in fabrication on the reprocessing of reusable medical devices. More effective studies are required to address the improvement of cleaning and disinfection instructions, as well as selection of cleaning and disinfecting agents, for surfaces of reusable devices and equipment.

Bacillus anthracis Spore Decontamination in Food Grease

Amoako KK, Santiago-Mateo K, Shields MJ, Rohonczy E.

Bioterrorist attacks involving B. anthracis require rigorous decontamination efforts with a sporicidal disinfectant. This study tested a number of such products against B. anthracis, covered by a layer of food grease to simulate real-world complications. AHP® was the only disinfectant to achieve efficacy against these spores in food grease, at a 24-hour contact time.

Battling Germs that Keep Getting Stronger

Virox Technologies Inc. | Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Battling Germs That Keep Getting Stronger, an article appearing on www.cbc.ca, highlights the emergence of antibiotic resistant organisms (AROs) in healthcare and the community and the potential role certain antibacterial products play in the development of such resistance. AHP surface disinfectant cleaners exhibit broad spectrum germicidal efficacy in rapid and realistic contact times. Hydrogen Peroxide, the active ingredient in Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®), does not remain on the surface once it has dried, hence it does not provide the opportunity for bacteria to develop resistance to it. Therefore, AHP surface disinfectant cleaners can be used safely and effectively to reduce bacterial contamination on surfaces

Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings

Virox Technologies Inc. | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Transmission of infectious agents among patients and dental health care personnel in dental settings is rare. However, from 2003 to 2015, transmissions in dental settings have been documented. In most cases, investigations failed to link a specific lapse of infection prevention and control with a particular transmission.

Efficacy of an accelerated hydrogen peroxide disinfectant to inactivate porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in swine feces on metal surfaces

Holtkamp D.J., Myers J., Thomas P.R., Karriker L.A., Ramirez A., Zhang J. and Wang C.

This study tested the efficacy of an accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP®)-based disinfectant against porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in swine feces on metal surfaces. AHP® effectively inactivated the virus to low enough levels as not to cause clinical disease in live pigs.

Creating a biosecurity plan is good business

Pantaleon L.

Biosecurity is an essential part of animal care in preventing and/or minimizing the spread of contagious infectious diseases. Disinfectants are one facet of infection control and their use to prevent and control pathogenic microorganisms is well accepted. However, there is increasing concern regarding user, animal, and environmental safety for some commonly used disinfectants, and evidence of cross-resistance between disinfectants and antibiotics. Furthermore, there is also emerging evidence of bacterial resistance to some disinfectants. Therefore, it is important to understand the need to developing a proper biosecurity plan and to select disinfectants with a reduced potential for cross-bacterial resistance and a high level of safety and efficacy. Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) is a relatively new yet proven chemistry broadly used across a multitude of markets and industries known for its exceptional safety profile and microbicidal efficacy.

The Importance of Contact Times for Disinfectants

Omidbakhsh N.

The number of hospital and community associated infections continues to rise in North America and around the world. The use of disinfectants is the backbone for infection prevention and control in healthcare, educational settings, correctional settings and emergency services. Infection Control Guidelines in North America generally state that surfaces such as countertops, over-the-bed tables, bedside tables, hand rails and other high touched surfaces be cleaned on a daily basis using an EPA or DIN registered disinfectant. However, the actual process for cleaning is rarely considered, the time needed to do the job correctly is rarely given and staffing limitations lead to inappropriate use of disinfectants.

Efficacy of Improved Hydrogen Peroxide Against Important Healthcare-Associated Pathogens

Rutala WA.

There is evidence to support that environmental contamination plays a significant role in the spread of VRE, MRSA, Clostridium difficile and Acinetobacter. These organisms have been shown to survive on environmental surfaces for days and even months causing a need for fast, safe and effective disinfectant technologies. Daily disinfection of patient care areas is often achieved in the health care environment using a one-step EPA registered hospital disinfectant such as a QUAT, however, a relatively new yet proven technology known as Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®), has become a market leading chemistry that is the perfect balance between safety and efficacy.

Bacterial Contamination of Ultrasound Probes at a Tertiary Referral University Medical Center

Chu K. et al.

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Although HAIs may seem irrelevant to radiology, ultrasound examinations may be an unaccounted contributing factor for their development. There are established guidelines for disinfection and sterilization in general, but a lack of compliance and misuse of disinfectants has led to numerous outbreaks. According to the CDC, there are seven factors affecting the efficacy of disinfection which in turn impacts compliance: the number and location of microorganisms, innate resistance of microorganisms, concentration and potency of disinfectants, physical and chemical factors, presence or absence of organic and inorganic soils and the presence or absence of biofilms. Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) is a synergistic blend of commonly used, safe ingredients that has unparalleled germicidal efficacy and has been proven to reduce HAIs.