Do You Know Your Chlorine-Based Biocide?  A Quick Synopsis Regarding Chlorine Chemical Nomenclature

 

 03.19.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

Did you know that the type of chlorine-based biocide one uses for decontamination not only plays a role in how effectively surfaces are disinfected, but also may impact health and safety even at particularly low use concentrations. Chlorine bleach is a commonly known biocide, and has been grandfathered in for so many uses.

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 4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Disinfectant for Equipment

03.13.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

medical equipmentDid you know that many sanitizers or disinfectants must be thoroughly rinsed from surfaces after application? It’s true, for example, for chlorine bleach and quaternary ammonium (quats) due to inherent chemical properties of these substances. Further, aside from a relatively long rinse when using such products, some products (quats, peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide) are weak at penetrating bio-slime layers, have weak half-life (ozone) or are corrosive and/or carcinogenic (chlorine bleach). In summary, while so many chemicals are grandfathered in as a standard use protocol, most end users are unaware of the issues presented with use of the aforementioned chemicals.

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4 Quick Tips for Clean Water

water photo03.05.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

Did you know that the type of algae present in a water system is also a determinant of the water quality? It’s true, and this also means that regular cleaning and decontamination maintenance of beverage and water systems is necessary in order to avoid atrophic water reservoirs, distribution loops, tanks, hoses, pipes, etc. Moreover, the presence of bio-slime, a mix of extracellular secretions and microorganisms, are prevalent in nearly any setting, especially those near or within water sources.

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Quick tips on a Clean Lab and Equipment Efficiently 

02.18.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

healthcare-lab-cleanRegular sanitization treatment is important because fouling of equipment, lines, reservoirs, surfaces, etc. occurs naturally after any cleaning procedure.  A regular maintenance schedule will help prevent skewed results due to organic deposits clogging lines and reservoirs. For example, research has demonstrated that clinical analyzer companies regularly using pure chlorine dioxide solutions experience a significant reduction in the frequency of unscheduled downtime caused by organic fouling. Pure chlorine dioxide is also easily detectable, further washed out in a single volumetric flush.

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