Many of our customers love the convenience of disinfecting wipes, but we often get asked about how to use them properly in healthcare settings. Read on to learn the answers to our most frequently-asked questions on the topic!
Q: When are disinfecting or cleaning wipes suitable for use in healthcare settings, as opposed to cleaning cloths and spray chemicals?
A: Wipes reduce the risk of cross-contamination better than dirty rags, making them ideal for many healthcare facilities. Wipes are also preferred for operating room cleaning and around patients suffering from respiratory problems because they don’t produce an aerosol mist.
Q: How can janitorial staff adhere to proper dwell times when using disinfecting wipes?
A: Contact or dwell times vary from product to product, depending on how fast the formula evaporates and the product’s kill times. Re-wiping may be required for proper disinfection if the product evaporates before the kill time listed. Additional wipes may be needed to keep the surface wet for the entire contact time.
Q: Are all disinfecting wipes safe to use around patients?
A: When used in accordance with the label, EPA-registered products are safe and have been thoroughly tested; however, it is important to only use wipes for their intended use. For example, wipes formulated for environmental surfaces should not be used for hand hygiene or on skin.