COMPATIBILITY


AS EVIDENCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DECONTAMINATION HAS GROWN, INFECTION PREVENTION POLICIES REQUIRE MORE THOROUGH CLEANING OF HIGH TOUCH SURFACES AND HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT.

This increased activity has exposed deficiencies in materials selected for these surfaces. Both equipment and disinfectant manufacturers must collaborate to ensure the materials used in constructing equipment are able to withstand exposure to the ‘state-of-the-art’ disinfectants required for safe healthcare.

The following is a checklist of questions to be discussed between yourselves, and the manufacturers of healthcare equipment, when reviewing existing equipment and during the procurement of new items. The checklist is designed to ensure proper compatibility with Clinell products but the concepts may be applied to any disinfectant.

  1. What level of decontamination do the surfaces require (cleaning, disinfection, sporicidal, etc.)?
  2. How should I decontaminate each surface?
  3. How current is your compatibility data?
  4. Do you provide access to up-to-date disinfection instructions?
  5. How do you announce or communicate updates to these data?
  6. Is chlorine or bleach approved for use on these surfaces?
  7. Which Clinell products are approved for use with these surfaces?
  8. If no compatibility data with these Clinell products exist, what is your process for adding disinfectants to your approval list? Who should I contact?

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