Disinfectants in the healthcare sector
The use of disinfectants in doctors' surgeries, hospitals and nursing homes is indispensable. The active substances contained kill microorganisms such as bacteria, bacterial spores, fungi and viruses on surfaces or inhibit their growth. In this way, they prevent the transmission of most pathogens. This means that elderly people and people with a weakened immune system can be effectively protected against dangerous infection. Compliance with hygiene measures is mandatory in public facilities as well as medical institutions.
Spectrum of action
Disinfectants have the task of inactivating or killing microorganisms that can cause diseases or infections. In contrast to sterilisation, this only affects a specific type of germ and not all microbiological organisms. Therefore, the following exposure time per pathogen group is recommended for optimal effect:
- against noro-, corona-, influenza viruses (virucidal) 30 seconds
- against standard bacteria (bactericidal) 30 seconds
- against yeast fungi (fungicidal) 30 seconds
- against mycobacteria (mycobactericidal) 60 seconds
Disinfecting hands kills germs on the hands. Using a disinfectant is about 100 times more effective than cleaning with water. Because approx. 80% of all germs are transmitted via the hands, hand hygiene plays a particularly important role in infection prophylaxis. With hygienic hand disinfection, an interruption of infection chains is achieved. The risk of infection is particularly high in professions with high levels of contact and touch. Hand disinfection is a legal obligation in the health care sector and in the catering industry. It serves the self-protection and minimizes the danger for others. An alcohol content of over 70% ensures that all viruses and bacteria die off. There are also disinfectant wipes which are soaked with an alcohol solution and enable particularly simple and quick hand disinfection.
Surface disinfection refers to the killing of germs on inanimate surfaces and objects. Pathogens can survive on surfaces for up to several months. From there, they can be spread, e.g. via hands or dust particles. Therefore, surface disinfection is an important precautionary measure. Microorganisms are particularly numerous on surfaces with which many people come into contact. These are toilets, bathrooms, bathing facilities, door handles, handrails, work surfaces, keyboards, floors, etc. Via surfaces and objects contaminated with germs, germs are indirectly transmitted to other people via hands and mucous membranes.
Application of disinfectants
For a thorough hygienic hand disinfection you need about 3 ml of disinfectant liquid. The hands should remain moist during the exposure time of 30 seconds (or 60 seconds for mycobacteria). It is recommended to disinfect the hands after a journey by public transport or a visit to friends and relatives. In any case, you should avoid bringing germs home. In public places and in the office, it makes sense to properly disinfect your hands several times a day. 5 times a day is considered a healthy guideline. Hand disinfection must be done correctly to be most effective. The following steps should be followed:
- Apply disinfectant to one palm
- rub palm on palm
- rub right palm over back of left hand and left palm over back of right hand
- rub palm on palm with fingers interlocked and spread
- rub outside of fingers on opposite palms with fingers interlocked
- rub right and left thumbs
- rub closed fingertips into right and left palm
For the production of our hand and surface disinfectants we trust in the long lasting cooperation with the company Novapura AG. Together we were able to ensure the Swiss quality standard and to develop and optimize the in-house products Hand-it Care® and Akasept®.
In addition, we sell the hand disinfectant Sterillium® from the German manufacturer BODE. We also carry the aromatic disinfectant from Colosé in our range. The hand disinfectant can be ordered in 3 different sizes.
Our disinfectants available online have all been tested by the BAG and have proven to be effective against bacteria, yeasts and enveloped viruses. An overview (disinfectant list) of the tested products can be found on the BAG site. According to the BAG, the surface disinfectants and skin disinfectants are suitable for the following areas of application:
- Surfaces in hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories and industry
- In companies in the food sector
Our disinfectants offer a very high quality standard. Our main customers are institutions that have to meet strict hygiene requirements. These include hospitals, federal institutions, old people's homes, etc. The ethanol content of 70% effectively prevents the reproduction of pathogens.
Disinfectants are highly flammable. Vapor may cause drowsiness and dizziness. In case of contact with eyes, immediately flush eyes with water for several minutes. Disinfectants should be kept out of the reach of children. Improper use may lead to resistance of the microorganisms to be controlled. Excessive hand washing prior to disinfection is considered critical as the natural protective film of the skin is reduced and frequent use of disinfectants may cause irritation and discomfort. In addition, improper handling of disinfectants and in combination with other chemicals can produce unpleasant smelling gases that are hazardous to health. A non-biodegradable disinfectant can impair the purification of waste water, as the interaction of bacteria is disturbed.
The shelf life of disinfectants is approximately 2 years if stored correctly. The expiration date can be seen on the back of the label. Expired disinfectants must be disposed of at a designated hazardous waste collection point to avoid contaminating wastewater.