LTC BULLETIN BOARD
LTC Bulletin Board - August 2011: Page 3 of 4
Bleach Wipes Offer New Option for Safe and Effective Disinfection
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, are caused by any infectious agent, including a wide variety of common and unusual bacteria, fungi, and viruses, during the course of receiving medical care. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 20 hospital patients has an HAI at any given time and HAIs account for between $28 billion and $33 billion in preventable healthcare expenses annually.
To protect the health of patients and to reduce healthcare costs, Professional Disposables International (PDI) has introduced the Sani-Cloth Bleach wipes into its line of disinfection products. Sani-Cloth Bleach wipes have been proven effective against 39 clinically relevant microorganisms within 4 minutes of contact. Using a stabilized, EPA-registered bleach formula equivalent to 1:10 dilution, the wipes were shown to be safe and effective in all areas of a healthcare facility, including high risk and sensitive areas, during general and everyday use.
“Due to the evolving changes within microorganisms, facilities are now faced with significant challenges in preventing the transmission of HAIs on a daily basis. Because of the addition of the PDI Sani-Cloth Bleach disposable wipe, PDI can now offer customers a pathogen-specific product solution that meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDCs) Guidelines for Disinfection for those most aggressive pathogens” said Dr. J. Hudson Garrett Jr., director, Clinical Affairs, in a press release.
The CDC reported that urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bloodstream infections are among the most common HAIs. In clinical testing, the efficacy of the Sani-Cloth Bleach wipes was proven for various multidrug-resistant bacteria, mycobateria, enveloped and nonenveloped viruses, bloodborne pathogens, and pathogenic fungi. Specifically, they were proven effective against Escherichia coli—one of the leading causes of UTI—within 1 minute of contact, as well as the hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses.
The disposable wipes are premoistened and ready to use without mixing or measuring. They were proven safe only on hard and nonporous surfaces, such as countertops, tables, and carts and for any equipment that requires the use of bleach. Sani-Cloth Bleach wipes are expected to be approved in all 50 states by December 31, 2011.