Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

The importance of contact time and visible wetness to ensure effective disinfection

  • Posted: March 19, 2018
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This article highlights challenges to effective cleaning and disinfection in healthcare and describes the importance of using surface wetness during contact time as a visible cue for effective disinfection. It also highlights how the most recent EPA guidance on testing and labeling requirements for disinfectant wipes effective against C. difficile requires surfaces to remain visibly wet for the full contact time. This article guides users of disinfectant products to help them effectively clean and disinfect.

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