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AHP® vs Competitive Chemistries

Disinfectant Report Card: Silver

Silver, in disinfection, refers to colloidal nanoparticles of silver that are stabilized by chelating molecules. Silver containing disinfectants have been used extensively for topical wound applications and other medical surface antisepsis and in the past decade the use of silver disinfecting agents has increased dramatically. Silver is generally not effective in the presence of organic soils, so pre-cleaning must be done in order for the disinfectant to be effective. While silver has efficacy against a broad spectrum of pathogens, it has been known to lead to antimicrobial resistance and is a hazard to both the user and the environment.

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Disinfectant Report Card: QUATS

The antimicrobial capabilities of QUATs were first observed in the 19th century and have been used in disinfectant formulations ever since. QUATs are widely regarded as stable and highly dilutable making them viable, cost-effective solutions. However, QUATs generally have longer contact times, are only readily effective against easier to kill pathogens and accumulate in the environment which can lead to antimicrobial resistance.

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Disinfectant Report Card: Phenols

The disinfection capabilities of phenolic compounds have been recognized for an extremely long time. Since the 17th century, phenols have been used as dressings on wounds. Today, phenols exhibit a broad range of disinfection capabilities. They show broad microbial efficacy, however this efficacy largely depends on a multitude of environmental factors such as pH, temperature, dilution and soil load. Phenols are extremely active disinfectants which can contaminate the environment with harmful by-products and consistently exhibit a harsh safety profile.

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Disinfectant Report Card: Peracetic Acid

Peracetic acid (PAA) is produced by combining acetic acid (vinegar) and hydrogen peroxide. The result is a peroxide version of acetic acid (vinegar) that has a very distinctive and a pungent vinegary smell. As a cleaner, peracetic performs poorly as it lacks detergency properties. As a germicide, peracetic acid shows fairly strong efficacy against a broad spectrum of pathogens, however, temperature, pH and concentration all play a significant role in determining the antimicrobial properties. Higher concentrations of PAA can strongly sensitize respiratory organs, mucus membrane inflammation and skin and eye irritation.

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Disinfectant Report Card: Glutaraldehyde

Aldehydes, are highly effective, broad spectrum disinfectants, which typically achieve sterilization in soaking applications by denaturing proteins and disrupting nucleic acids. The most commonly used actives are formaldehyde and gluteraldehyde. Aldehydes are effective against bacteria, fungi, viruses, mycobacteria and spores. Aldehydes are non-corrosive to metals, rubber, plastic and cement. These chemicals are highly irritating, toxic to humans or animals with contact or inhalation, and are potentially carcinogenic; therefore their use is limited.

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Disinfectant Report Card: Chlorine

Most people are very familiar with the antimicrobial qualities of chlorine based solutions. Chlorine compounds were recognized for their deodorizing and disinfecting properties in the 19th century and their wide use began soon thereafter. Chlorine has a broad spectrum of efficacy but has no cleaning ability or efficiency. Furthermore, Chlorine is a strong oxidizing agent that is highly reactive and has a direct affect on respiratory irritation and toxicity.

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Disinfectant Report Card: Chlorhexidine

Most people are very familiar with the antimicrobial qualities of chlorine based solutions. Chlorine compounds were recognized for their deodorizing and disinfecting properties in the 19th century and their wide use began soon thereafter. Chlorine has a broad spectrum of efficacy but has no cleaning ability or efficiency. Furthermore, Chlorine is a strong oxidizing agent that is highly reactive and has a direct affect on respiratory irritation and toxicity

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) versus QUAT

Unlike QUATS, AHP® does not lead to Occupational Asthma or pose concern with loss of efficacy due to negative reactions with commonly used cleaning substrates (e.g. QUAT Binding).

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) versus QUAT and Glutaraldehyde

Unlike QUATS and Glutaraldehyde, AHP® is non-toxic ensuring that humans, animals and the environment will not be negatively impacted. Unlike QUATs, there is no concern over loss of efficacy due to negative reactions with commonly used cleaning substrates (e.g. QUAT Binding).

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) versus QUAT and Formaldehyde

Unlike QUATS and Formaldehyde, AHP® is non-toxic ensuring that humans, animals and the environment will not be negatively impacted. Unlike QUATs, there is no concern over loss of efficacy due to negative reactions with commonly used cleaning substrates (e.g. QUAT Binding).

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) versus Potassium_Peroxymonosulfate

Unlike Potassium Peroxymonosulfate, AHP® is non-toxic or non-irritating at the in-use dilution protecting users from adverse health effects. AHP® offers a greater spectrum of efficacy against pathogens of concern in realistic contact times, ideal for environments that require quick turnover.

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) versus Phenols

Unlike Phenols, AHP® does not leave any active residues behind on surfaces so occupants are not exposed to toxic chemicals, such as carcinogens. Furthermore this active residue can lead to the development of pathogen resistance.

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) versus Chlorine Dioxide

Unlike Chlorine Dioxide, AHP® is non-­‐toxic at the in-­‐use dilution protecting users from adverse health effects such as Occupational Asthma. AHP® offers a greater spectrum of efficacy against pathogens of concern in realistic contact times without the need to pre-­‐clean surfaces, saving time in fast paced environments.

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) versus Chlorhexidine Diacetate

Unlike Chlorhexidine Diacetate, AHP® does not require activation before use nor does it require pre-cleaning saving time which leads to faster results and lower costs. Furthermore, AHP® has a long shelf life ensuring that product is not wasted.

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Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide; (AHP®) versus Bleach

Unlike Bleach, AHP® is non-­‐toxic at the in-­‐use dilution protecting users from adverse health effects such as Occupational Asthma. AHP® offers a greater spectrum of efficacy against pathogens of concern in realistic contact times without the need to pre-­‐clean surfaces, saving time in fast paced environments.

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