Keep the Surface and Air Clean in the Health care Environment

12.26.13

healthcareWritten by: Selective Micro Technologies
Health care professionals understand the significance of proper disinfection techniques. Pure chlorine dioxide is quickly becoming a preferred method for such disinfection because: it exists as a gas in its natural state, is highly soluble in water, and presents a noncorrosive, easy-to-use and more effective alternative than chlorine bleach.

Chlorine dioxide retains similar chemical nomenclature as chlorine in its name, but its chemical properties and ability to disinfect are widely different. Working at fractional concentrations when compared to chlorine bleach, pure chlorine dioxide is able to simply kill more pathogens with less solution. This phenomenon provides a safer, noncorrosive alternative for surface disinfection in health care facilities. Previously, chemical disinfectants such as formaldehyde-alcohol, phenolics and iodophors were widely used but have since been demoted as preferential biocides based on new data regarding toxicity and/or an inability to effectively eliminate some spores and fungi. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies that surface cleaning should precede surface decontamination practice. It is necessary to consider which disinfectant product both adheres to CDC recommendations but also presents the best advantage for reduction in infections as a measure against cross-contamination. Below are some tips toward maintaining a safe and thoroughly disinfected health care facility:

  1. Clean all high-traffic surfaces at least once daily. A deep clean of every area should be conducted weekly.
  2. Cleaning should be considered with use of a bio-based surfactant. This will enable a reduction in surface tension of surface particles in an environmentally-aware fashion.
  3. After cleaning, thoroughly disinfect each surface. Use of pure chlorine dioxide enables the added bonus of deodorization alongside disinfection capacity.
  4. Avoid use of products such as chlorine bleach, glutaraldehyde, phenolics and iodophurs. Such products present user-safety concerns and/or a weak ability to fully eradicate pathogens from most surfaces.
  5. Avoid the potential for aerosolization, therefore spread of pathogens, such as chlostridium difficle, by using a product that naturally deodorizes and is highly soluble in water, such as pure chlorine dioxide.