|"In many health care areas, instruments of part plastic construction are becoming more prevalent where full sterilisation is not considered necessary. These items can not be autoclaved, yet must be cleaned and disinfected to avoid risks of cross infection. |
Ultrasonic cleaning in a bactericidal or virucidal medium is an accepted safe method. Special solutions containing detergents, surfactants, and disinfecting agents are available which have been formulated to be enhanced by cavital activity.
ULTRAfluid EV, solution to which 10% of 'PHORAID' has been included, in an ultrasonic cleaning bath are particularly effective as a general approach to the 99% kill factor of viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Body fluids, not only blood, vomit, semen, urine, but also tears, contain lipids, and ear wax can harbour the relevant virus at room temperature in both wet and dry conditions.
In high risk situations where infection is suspected or known then instruments should be soaked for 15 minutes in either neat standard Phoraid, or a solution prepared by mixing 1x10ml sachet of Phoraid with 500ml of water.
Phoraid, a high level disinfectant was developed late in the 1980's in response to an urgent demand from emergency services, on the discovery of Human Immunodeficiency Virus infections (AIDS), and a growing Health and Safety awareness of communicable diseases such as Hepatitis B. It is among the most effective agents known with powerful and rapid activity against these and a wide range of other organisms. An Iodine based product, Phoraid Disinfectant is biodegradable, free rinsing, non-corrosive, and extremely safe to use. It may be used with safety on coloured fabrics and in enclosed spaces.