Nancy Loving, DVM offers step-by-step instructions to disinfect a horse farm. Featuring disinfectant selection advice by Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl ACVIM.
Accelerated Hyrdogen Peroxide® is featured in the Merck Manual, with an entry by Mark L. Wickstrom, DVM, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.
The Merck Manual was first published in 1899, by the American drug manufacturer Merck & Co. as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists titled Merck's Manual of the Materia Medica.
In the midst of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, hundreds of American soldiers became violently ill with what was first thought to be a biological warfare agent. It wasn’t. It was the same bug that takes a regular run at hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hotels and cruise ships – anywhere that people gather. It is the same bug that sidelines trains, airplanes and busses for decontamination. It’s a very tiny little microbe, but it leaves a long and disgusting legacy of vomit and diarrhea . . . and it is particularly active this year
Controlling infectious diseases is everyone’s business. And in the health care sector, where it is not uncommon for housekeeping staff in a hospital to also work in a long term care setting — given that many facilities use part-timers — and where long term care residents may from time to time require surgery at a hospital, housekeeping staff do play an important role in the infection control battle. But to be effective, they need to have some basic training — which is the key to overcoming the fear factor .
Biofilms are nothing new to our world. As described in the Jeopardy question, they can be evident in any environment that has a flow of water and a surface to which to stick. In fact, since 1684 scientists have been striving to determine how to manage biofilms. More than three centuries ago, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek studied dental plaque (which he referred to as scurf), and made the following conclusions: “From whence I conclude, that the vinegar with which I washed my teeth, killed only those animals which were on the outside of the scurf, but did not pass thro the whole substance of it.”
Many people, certainly the international media, are looking at what is now primarily a viral infection of birds, and predicting a doomsday scenario sufficient in scope to remove almost half of humanity from the face of the earth. In the worst case hypothesis, our hospitals will quickly swell beyond a rapidly diminishing capacity, workplaces will be abandoned grinding commerce to a halt, any large public gathering will be disbursed by public order, transit systems will shut down, face masks will be haute couture, and instead of shaking hands in casual greeting we will bump elbows. The good news is that this doomsday scenario is about as likely as the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. The bad news is we need to get busy working on a plan for “the just-in-case.”
From time to time, I have been invited to contribute to Sanitation Canada as a guest writer on topical issues important to the industry all of us serve. It is always my intent to give an unbiased and balanced view of an issue. Infection Control is my target audience and this group demands certain standards when receiving information. They insist on facts, references, high ethics and creditability as they have an enormous task to ensure the safety of a facility when choosing products.
An emerging technology designed for cleaning and disinfection is making the job of healthcare environmental services more efficient, safer, and more responsible. Accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP™) technology allows for all-in-one capability to achieve excellent cleaning efficiencies without having to change products for different cleaning tasks or surface types. Not only does AHP™ technology allow for fewer SKUs, the product has been proven to be safer and has a reduced environmental load.
It might not be too dramatic to state that bacteria, viruses, fungi, and specs represent a unique, insidious, and dangerous class of contaminants: unique in that under the right conditions the contamionant population can multiply over; insidious in that these organisms can penetrate into small openings and crevices that can persist for long periods of time; and dangerous in that they can affect human health, so these contaminants must be destroyed and/or removed to achieve the desired cleanliness and aspetic condition. That's the role of disnfectants
An article published in 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that in 1995, 88,000 deaths — one death every six minutes — could be attributed to hospital-acquired infections. Today, news of cross-contamination and out-breaks is everywhere. Furthermore, there is a daily list of toxic chemicals that should be avoided, such as bisphenol A in plastic bottles or the linings inside of tin cans or butyl cellosolve, a solvent commonly used in commercial and industrial cleaning and disinfecting products.
From Volume 99, Issue 4 - April 2009
With the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), etc. and more virulent strains of well-known pathogens such as Clostridium difficile, the utilization of appropriate disinfectant products has become exceedingly important. However, there is much more to consider than simply if the product carries effectiveness against a particular organism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities” (2008) has identified several of the key criteria that should be carefully measured when evaluating a disinfectant product or chemistry.
AHP® helps hospitals reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), an expensive, dangerous problem that becomes more serious each year. Today’s disinfecting technologies actually contribute to this problem by allowing hospitals to think they’re cleaner than they are. Another concern with many of the disinfectants used today are the threat they pose to human health such as association of quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATs) or chlorine releasing compounds such as bleach with increased rates of occupational asthma. The Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) technology has been designed to combat the current shortcomings of other disinfectant technologies. AHP® is a synergistic blend of low levels of hydrogen peroxide, surfactants and other inerts that when combined together provide the perfect balance between safety and efficacy. With only one application needed for efficient pathogen kill and compliance with federal regulations the patented technology uses the power of oxidation to clean and disinfect surfaces as it dries slowly to ensure disinfection has occurred. Lastly, AHP® is a non-hazardous cleaner and disinfectant that is gentle on people, equipment and the environment. AHP® has been proven to be non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin and eyes and does not require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at the in-use dilutions. Furthermore, AHP® does not produce any noxious fumes and is fragrance free and the active ingredient in AHP® is hydrogen peroxide which breaks down into oxygen and water and leaves no active residues behind ensuring it will not negatively impact indoor air quality or the environment.