Why does the product contain so much alcohol?
While alcohol alone is an effective cleaner and disinfectant, when combined in the proprietary ProSurface formula, it becomes extremely efficient in killing the pathogens listed on the label in just one minute.
Ethyl alcohol at 72.5% concentration (w/w) is approximately the same concentration of alcohol used in antiseptic healthcare handwash products. When combined with 0.33% of didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride, a fourth-generation quaternary ammonium compound, Medicom ProSurface disinfectant becomes highly effective at killing the pathogens listed on the label in just one minute.
While there is no amount of alcohol that can be harmful to most surfaces, the same cannot be said for some quaternary ammonium compounds. Medicom ProSurface disinfectant balances the amount of alcohol and quaternary ammonium compound to kill the pathogens listed on the label quickly without harming the surfaces being disinfected.
Some alcohol-quat products on the market use twice as much quaternary ammonium compound as Medicom ProSurface disinfectant, which may leave a residue and surface degradation associated with an over-concentration of quat.
What is the difference between Medicom ProSurface Disinfectant Spray and Medicom ProSurface Disinfectant Wipes?
Medicom ProSurface Disinfectant Wipes contain a pre-measured amount of the same product found in Medicom ProSurface Disinfectant Spray.
What if Medicom ProSurface disinfectant gets on my hands?
The EPA and Health Canada recognize the low toxicity of Medicom ProSurface disinfectant and therefore, do not require any language on the label that suggests that the product requires the use of gloves. While the policies of an individual institution may require the use of gloves to prevent the spread of disease, such use of gloves is not required to for protection against any of the product ingredients.
The product label cautions users to wash their hands after using any alcohol-based product because of the possibility that users will touch their eyes while their hands are wet with alcohol. If ProSurface gets in the eyes, it may sting and/or cause some redness, but will not cause any long-term damage.
Is Medicom ProSurface disinfectant safe for use on most surfaces?
Medicom ProSurface disinfectant is compatible with a wide variety of surface materials, including those found in the healthcare environments where the product is most likely to be used. It is safe to use on hard, non-porous surfaces: stainless steel, Formica®, glass, glazed porcelain, sealed quartz, sealed stone, other hard and soft metals, most painted surfaces, and most plastics. If there is a question about compatibility, it is always a good idea to test on an inconspicuous area before using on a larger area.
Medicom ProSurface disinfectant does not contain any phenols, chlorine, glutaraldehyde, peroxide, acids, or caustic soda or any substance that could leave a residue, discolour or etch the surface being treated.
Medicom ProSurface disinfectant is non-staining and deodorizes the surfaces that it cleans and disinfects.
How much Medicom ProSurface disinfectant do I need to use?
Because Medicom ProSurface disinfectant can be used for a “One Step Clean and Disinfect” process, you will need to use less spray or fewer wipes than you would use with other brands that are not classified as “One Step” products.
The exact quantity of product required will depend on the size and type of surface being disinfected. Since the product works to kill all pathogens listed on the label in one minute, you only need to use as much spray or as many wipes as necessary to keep the surface wet for one minute.
What does “One Step Clean and Disinfect” mean?
Combination disinfecting and cleaning products can be tested for germicidal efficacy in one of two ways. Testing can be done on pathogens without an organic load (i.e. blood) present or in the presence of a minimum 5% organic load. Where testing is done without an organic load present, the EPA requires that the product label specify that cleaning and disinfection are two separate steps. Where testing is done in the presence of the required organic load, the EPA permits the product label to designate cleaning and disinfection in a single step.
Heavy soil and contamination (i.e. body fluids) must always be removed first, regardless of the product being used. Decontamination of an HIV or hepatitis-infected surface always requires pre-cleaning prior to the use of any disinfecting and/or disinfecting and cleaning product.
Medicom ProSurface disinfectant was tested in the presence of a 5% organic load and therefore, it is designated as a “One Step Clean and Disinfect” product.
A surface that is visibly soiled must be cleaned before disinfecting with any registered disinfectant. However, where a surface is not visibly soiled, a “One Step” product can be used to clean the unseen surface contamination and disinfect the surface in a single step. Products that are not “One Step” require at least two wipes, even if the surface looks clean.
Why is the scope of the Medicom ProSurface Disinfectant Kill Claims Important?
When cleaning and disinfecting hospitals, medical and dental offices, ambulances, ambulatory surgical centers, nursing homes, laboratories, pharmacies, other healthcare-related institutions or anywhere there is the potential for cross-contamination between patients and staff, the scope of a product’s kill claims is extremely important for the health of patients, staff and visitors. Disease-causing pathogens, both airborne and bloodborne, can attach to surfaces where they wait until contact is made with a person. While some products are good at killing specific bacteria or viruses, or a combination of specific types of bacteria and viruses, it is essential to use a product that quickly kills pathogens in all categories, including drug-resistant bacteria, encapsulated bacteria, gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, pathogenic fungi and large and small and enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.
What pathogens are Medicom ProSurface disinfectants effective against?
Medicom ProSurface is a broad-spectrum healthcare disinfectant. In both wipe and spray format, it is effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, including drug-resistant strains, such as MRSA and VRE, encapsulated mycobacteria responsible for the spread of tuberculosis, trichophyton mentagrophytes, the fungus responsible for the spread of Athlete’s Foot and Ringworm, and both small and large viruses, enveloped and non-enveloped, including the hardest to kill human virus, poliovirus, as well as norovirus, rhinovirus and many others.
What is Medicom ProSurface disinfectant?
Medicom ProSurface disinfectant wipes and spray are US EPA and Health Canada registered disinfectants and cleaners for hard inanimate environmental surfaces, such as those found in hospitals, medical and dental offices, ambulances, ambulatory surgical centers, nursing homes, laboratories, pharmacies and other healthcare-related institutions.
What is the difference between Kill Time and Contact Time?
Kill Time is the time that it takes a disinfectant to kill an individual pathogen or group of pathogens.
Contact Time is the time that it takes a disinfectant to kill all the pathogens listed on the product label.
A product that kills most pathogens in one minute, but requires five minutes to kill a single pathogen, has a five-minute product contact time and must remain wet on a surface for the full five minutes.
Medicom ProSurface disinfectant kills all pathogens listed on the label in one minute. Therefore, Medicom ProSurface disinfectant has a one-minute product contact time and only needs to remain wet on a surface for one minute to be fully effective.
What is the difference between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting of Non-Food Contact Surfaces (surfaces not used for the processing, preparation, or serving of food)?
Cleaning removes visible dirt or other contaminants but does not kill any microorganisms that may be responsible for the spread of disease in humans.
Sanitizing kills 99.9% of staphylococcus aureus and klebsiella pneumoniae or enterobacter aerogenes only, within 5 minutes. This level of pathogen removal is not acceptable for healthcare institutions or medical/dental offices.
Low-level disinfection is the process of killing from 99.9% to 99.999% of specific vegetative bacteria, fungi, and enveloped (lipophilic) viruses, which are listed on a product label. Low-level disinfection does not kill M. bovis (surrogate), the encapsulated mycobacteria responsible for the spread of tuberculosis, or non-enveloped (hydrophilic) viruses, or bacterial spores. This level of pathogen removal is not acceptable for healthcare institutions or medical/dental offices.
Intermediate-level disinfection is the process of killing from 99.9% to 99.999% of specific vegetative bacteria, M. bovis, fungi, enveloped (lipophilic) viruses, and non-enveloped (hydrophilic) viruses, which are listed on a product label. Intermediate-level disinfection does not kill bacterial spores. Intermediate-level disinfectants are most commonly found in healthcare institutions and medical/dental offices, in the form of either liquid spray products or pre-saturated wipes, or both. Medicom ProSurface Disinfectant Spray and Medicom ProSurface Disinfectant Wipe are intermediate-level disinfectants.
High-level disinfection is the process of killing all the pathogens that are killed by intermediate-level disinfectants, as well as killing bacterial spores (i.e. Clostridium difficile). High-level disinfectants are liquid chemical products generally used to reprocess semi-critical and critical medical instruments, as an alternative to sterilization by means of autoclave, ethylene oxide gas or other traditional means of sterilization.